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Ecumenical Doctorate in Rome


On 10 February at the Augustinianum a Doctorate honoris causa in patristic sciences from the Lateran University was conferred on Christoph Markschies from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity of Christians, said, “We thank you for helping us to purify our historical memory, to rediscover the spiritual influences we have in common and to encounter what Pope Benedict has defined as ‘the spiritual and theological challenge’ that represents for us Catholics ‘the person and the theology of Martin Luther’.”

“In these areas, in conformity with the ancient tradition of Roman hospitality,” Cardinal Koch continued, “the greeting foresees the nobile munus to remember the generosity of the host. We make use not of gold, but of a more precious gift, that is, a specific memory in common that binds the cathedra of Berlin to the Vatican Library here in Rome, a gift ad personam, of great symbolic value. In the period after the First World War,” continued the Cardinal, “in a time of grave difficulties for his country and for the scientific institutions of his capital city, the great patrologist, Adolf von Harnack, whose successor you are, cultivated a correspondence with the then Prefect of the Vatican Library, Cardinal Giovanni Mercati. I wish to offer to you copy, with a letter from Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the successor emeritus of Cardinal Mercati, who shares with you the honor of the doctorate honoris causa in patristic sciences conferred on him by the Augustinianum in 2009.”

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