Informative Session with Professors, Students, and Administrative Personnel
Rome, May 18, 2012—Regarding the recent criminal investigations affecting the building of St. Apollinare Basilica, today the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, which makes use of the facility, organized an informative session for professors, students, and administrative personnel. The goal was to contextualize the event and to clear up any possible questions. (continues...)
During the meeting in the Great Hall, the University Rector Msgr. Luis Romera, clarified that the University began its academic endeavors in the Apollinare Palace in 1992, two years after the burial of Enrico De Pedis, which took place on April 24, 1990. The Rector also explained that the consolidation and restructuring work which took place in the building were planned in 1997, approved by APSA (the structure’s owner) in 2002, and carried out in 2004.
Returning to the events of these past days, he spoke about the reasons for the academic community’s inconvenience, as well as of the negative effects the situation is creating for the University’s image.
At the same time, he thanked the investigative bodies for working with great professionalism and kindness, while reaffirming the University’s commitment to maximum collaboration.
Dr. Simona Maisto, the public prosecutor in charge of the investigations , thanked the Chaplain, the Rector, and the University Administration for the willingness they have demonstrated in these days, apologizing for the inevitable inconveniences that were created for the professors, students, and administrative personnel. She explained that the investigation was necessary, and that it will hopefully end within a short time.
She also clarified that the University and the Basilica are in no way involved in the situation, and that there is no connection between the Holy Cross and the investigation.
The Chaplain, Msgr. Pedro Huidobro spoke of his repeated requests to the authorities to have the remains transferred. He explained that in these past years, the situation had created many inconveniences, due in large part to curiosity. He also noted however, that the situation gave rise to the occasion to meet many extraordinary people of great humanity among the investigators and protagonists.
The Vice-Rector of Communications, Norberto González Gaitano, reaffirmed that the University is not the interested party in the investigation, but is only associated with the events. It therefore does not offer itself as a source of information, in order that it might not create confusion. Instead, it will continue to respond simply in order to clarify doubts and questions.