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UST to confer honorary doctorate on Vatican official

The University of Santo Tomas (UST), the only pontifical university in Asia, will confer a doctorate degree in Sacred Theology, honoris causa, on Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” of the Holy See, on January 23, 9:30 a.m., at the UST Thomas Aquinas Research Complex. Cardinal Cordes, whom Pope Benedict XVI made cardinal on Oct. 17, 2007, started the international gathering of the youth in 1983, which Pope John Paul II later turned into the World Youth Day. He now heads the Vatican dicastery that provides international relief during emergencies such as the tsunami in 2004.


Cardinal Cordes was born in Paderborn, Germany. He studied theology in Germany and France. He became a priest in 1961 and completed his doctoral work in the University of Mainz.

Pope Paul VI named him auxiliary bishop of Paderborn. In 1980, Pope John Paul II made him vice-president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The honorary degree will be the 73rd to be conferred by UST since the Pontifical University moved to its Sampaloc campus from Intramuros in 1927. Cardinal Cordes will be the 10th cardinal to receive an honorary doctorate from UST after Rufino Cardinal Santos, Jaime Cardinal Sin, Joseph Cardinal Hoffner of Germany, Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio of Italy, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Josef Cardinal Glemp of Poland, Eduardo Cardinal Pironio of Argentina, Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria, and Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo of Mexico. 


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