LAST Sunday, the Pope. visited
the Pontifical Gregorian University where more than 2.500 professors and students from 74 countries were waiting to welcome him.
Graduates of the University, which was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, have included 14 Popes, 24 present Cardinals and more than 450 living bishops and archbishops, On his arrival Pope John was greeted with an address of welcome from the Grand Chancellor of the University, Cardinal Pizzardo More than 20 Cardinals of the Curia were present and also the Jesuit Superior General, Fr. Janssens. S.J.
Students from five continents gave the Pope a golden chalice and an artistically produced missal in the name of all the professors and 2,575 students.
In the presence of the Cardinals, the Papal Court. the entire student body, the academic senate, 160 Rectors from various colleges and many other ecclesiastical dignitaries. the Pope, seated on a raised throne. gave an address in Latin.
He dealt especially with the tasks of a Pontifical University. The title University meant universality of studies. he said. The fact that students from 74 nations visited the Gregorian also showed at the same time the universal teaching office of the Church.
The Gregoriana, said the Pope, performs an especially valuable contribution in as much as it provides a clear statement of the teaching of Christ which answers the needs of the present time and thus gives the clergy greater security in their pastoral work. q0ME days ago, reports the "New York Herald Tribune", the Pope received a group of Italian Bishops who were in conference. Among them was Bishop Pintonello, chief Italian Army Chaplain who wears the insignia of a General.
Pope John walked among the bishops, letting each one kiss his ring. When he came to Bishop Pintonello, the Pope suddenly stood to attention. With a smile he saluted and said: "Sir. Sergeant Roncalli at your command."
The Pope, who was Roncalli before his election, was in the Italian Army Medical Corps in the first World War.
nN Tuesday the Pope celebrated
Mass and preached for the Noble Guard in their barracks to mark the feast day of their patron, St. Sebastian.
Then the Pope attended the unveiling of a plaque in the room of the Commander. del Drago, recalling that it Was in that room that the Pope, then Cardinal Roncalli, stayed during the Conclave that led to his election.
N Wednesday last week, the Pope received members of the standing committee of the European Energy Commission in special audience.
On Shrove Tuesday, February 10, the Pope is to visit the Rome Polielinico: on October I I. he is to visit the North American College on the first centenary of its opening,