In expressing a cordial welcome to all, I would like to recall the words that the Holy Father Francis addressed, on 10 April 2014, to the community of the Pontifical Gregorian University, received in audience together with the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental Institute. On that occasion, the Holy Father invited us to value the time of our presence in Rome, to work or study, deepening our knowledge of the roots of faith and also of the "current path of this Church which presides over charity, at the service of the unity and universality ".

At the same time, the Holy Father pointed out the variety of traditions and cultures that coexist in the Roman academic institutions, offering everyone a priceless wealth and "a precious opportunity for growth in faith and an openness of mind and heart to the horizon of catholicity" , in which "center" and "suburbs" can coexist in a reciprocal fruitfulness.

It is precisely a mutual fruitfulness, a path that is attentive to others and a demanding dedication that I wish everyone during the 2018-2019 academic year. On behalf of the Pontifical Gregorian University, I can assure you that we are committed, with the responsibility of those who have a history begun in 1551, to build an academic community in which everyone can make an academic journey that prepares him adequately for the ecclesial mission that will be entrusted to him .

Nuno da Silva Gonçalves SJ

Rector of Pontifical Gregorian University