“Greater collaboration between the academic institutions entrusted by the Roman Pontiff to the Society of Jesus corresponds to current times.” This is what Pope Francis wrote on 17 December 2019 to confirm his approval of the project for the integration of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute with the Pontifical Gregorian University. The process has been underway for at least two years and is on the right track. According to the project, the two specialised institutes will become academic units of the Gregorian University. The Secretariat of State of the Vatican, under the aegis of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has taken the necessary steps with the Italian authorities so that, in the context of the unification of the three current entities, their new status will receive the same legal treatment as they have had separately. This process was completed quickly and concluded on 4 September 2020. The goal is obviously a synergy that will allow a better service to the universal Church. In a publication appropriately entitled Integrazione, Father General’s Delegate for the Roman Houses, Fr. Johan Verschueren, and the project Director, Mr. Pedro Ramirez, explain their roles and objectives.
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