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Rome, Italy -- “Center for Priestly Formation”

Coinciding with the Year for Priests proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross has inaugurated a “Center for Priestly Formation.” The Center aims to put at the disposition of priests, deacons and candidates for Holy Orders a deeper understanding of the priesthood and support suited to the challenges and demands of contemporary society. It offers an integral pastoral formation, directed first of all to a deeper appreciation of the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar, thus helping priests to “live by the Eucharist,” in order to be a better mediator between God and man. Another focus will be spiritual direction of the faithful, which so often concludes with the administration of the sacrament of forgiveness, thus reconciling the penitent with God and the Church.

Some characteristics of the new center and its activities are its multicultural openness, interdisciplinary character, and attention towards the deepest problems of contemporary society. The directive committee is formed by Fr. Eduardo Baura (director), Fr. Philip Goyret, Msgr. Pedro Huidobro, and Prof. Álvaro Granados.

Romana, No. 49, July-December 2009, p. 350.