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Tuesday, October 7, the inauguration ceremony for the 30th academic year of our University took place.

At 9:30 am, in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, the Bishop Prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor, Mons. Javier Echevarría, presided over the Holy votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, con-celebrated by deacons of the different schools and academic authorities.

Following, in the Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II", the solemn act took place along with an inaugural speech by Rev. Prof. José María La Porte, dean of the School of Communications, on The communication of the faith and the existential peripheries

In the opening speech for the new academic year, the Grand Chancellor stated: “A Church outbound has need of a university outbound, which does not lock itself up in a sort of ivory tower, but develops in thought what is born from life and is placed at the service of life.“

Concluding the ceremony, staff who had worked at the University for 25 years were presented silver medals.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 (5:00 pm, Aula Alvaro del Portillo), under the patronage of the Ambassador of Guatemala to the Holy See, a screening of the documentary Abrazos, by the Guatemalan director Luis Argueta, took place.

The screening was followed by a debate with the participation of the producer.

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Saturday October, 25, 2014 (9:00 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), the ISSR all'Apollinare, in collaboration with the Project STOQ (School of Philosophy), is promoting the study day Scientific Dimension and spiritual horizion of man, with particular attention to the issues and problems arising in the current setting due to scientific and technical progress.

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70 students, coming from different Roman Pontifical Universities, are taking part in the course "Economics for Ecclesiastics" promoted by the Research Center Markets, Culture and Ethics.

According to those organizing, it is encouraging data, which underlies the need and desire, on the part of the students, to recieve the necessary instruments permitting better comprehension of the current economic context, with which they find themselves confronting at different levels, as well as to better explain the Social Doctrine of the Church.

The first two lectures were held Friday October 10 and Monday October 13.  The speaker, Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach, discussed issues concerning the determination of market prices and the rule of governerments and public instititions within the economic market.

Economics for Ecclesiastics will be followed November 28 and December 1, 2014, with lectures by Antonio Argandoña, Professor Emeritus of the IESE Business School of Barcelona, and then again mid-January with the return of Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach

This course represents a way to teach the basics of economics, keeping in mind the ethical depth of every human action.

Monday, October 13 (12:45 pm, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), a day of welcome for incoming students was held in order to greet and offer detailed information about the University.

After an introductory talk by the Rector, Mons. Luis Romera, there was a lunch-buffet for all participants.

Following, Rev. Prof. Sergio Tapia, outlined contents of the session.

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Álvaro del Portillo, Bishop Prelate of Opus Dei and first Grand Chancellor of the University, was beatified September 27 in Madrid, his birthplace, amidst faithful from eighty different countries.
Currently, follow-up events are scheduled to take place in Rome, including the transfer of his body in the Basilica Sant’Eugenio and a general audience in Piazza San Pietro.

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Beginning the second week of September, the Department of Languages will offer a Latin course in the afternoons, taught in an engaging and upbeat way.  The method involves using Latin as the only language of communication between professors and students.  At end of the course the student is awarded a certificate equivalent to 6 ECTS.

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The Holy Father Francis has authorized the Congregation of Cause of the Saints to promulgate the Decree concerning the miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Álvaro del Portillo, Titular Bishop of Vita, Prelate of the Personal Prelature of Santa Croce and Opus Dei, and first Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce.

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The ceremony of Beatification was held on September 27, 2014 in Madrid (Spain), his hometown. Other spiritual activities was organized in Rome the days following.

To mark the 100th year anniversary of Mons. del Portillo's birth, the University organized from 12 to 14 March 2014 the Congress "Vir Fidelis multum laudabitur".

Proposed to follow are two filmed testimonies of Cardinals Camillo RuiniPresident emeritus of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and Carlo Caffarrathe current Archbishop of Bologna.

Here are the words of the current Prelate of Opus Dei.

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Revs. Pedro Huidobro and Juan Carlos Dominguez, holding in the past the positions of Rector for Sedes Sapientiae and Altomonte College, as well as the chaplaincy of the University, are transferring to Spain for new pastoral responsibilities. All the academic community extends to them its gratitude and best wishes for the many years they devoted to the service of the University.
A warm welcome also to the new chaplain, Rev. Antonio Rodríguez de Rivera, and Rev. Prof. Javier Canosa, new rector of Altomonte.

From September 17 to 20, 2014 (Aula Álvaro del Portillo) the XIII International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa was held, on the iniziative of the School of Theology. This edition was focused on the exegetical work In Canticum canticorum. 

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