Honorary doctorate for former Guwahati Archbishop

MenamparampilGUWAHATI -? Archbishop emeritus Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati will be conferred an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Urbaniana, Rome, on 14 November 2013.It is a recognition of Abp Menamparampil?s outstanding contribution for promotion of cross cultural thought, inter-cultural relationships, option for health and education of poor, especially marginalized youth and peace promotion in areas of ethnic conflict, especially in northeast India.He is being honoured along with Professor Gerald Anderson of Hamden Connecticut, USA, who had earlier been heading a theological institute in the Philippines and was responsible for many missiological publications.?The programme begins on 14th November with the inauguration of the academic year (2013-2014) with Holy Eucharist celebrated in the University Chapel presided over by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Chancellor of the University at 8.30 am. The commencement of the academic year ceremonies will be held in the Urban University Auditorium (Aula Magna) at 10.45 am with greetings by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Alberto Trevisiol IMC. It will be followed by presentation of the doctoral candidates by Prof. Gianni Colzani. After conferring of the Honorary Degrees, the candidates will give their acceptance speeches. Dr Henderson will speak on ?A new missionary age,?and Archbishop Menamparampil will speak on ?I have an obligation to All Peoples (Rom 1:14). The origins of URBANIANA University date back to Pope Urban VIII who decided to establish the Urban College on 1 August, 1627.From its beginnings, the Urbaniana has always been an academic institution with a missionary character that has served the Catholic Church through the formation of missionaries and experts in the area of Missiology or other disciplines, necessary in the evangelization activity of the Church. Since 1966, the Urbaniana has accepted the affiliation of Seminaries and Institutes of Philosophy, Theology, Missiology, and Canon Law from all over the world.Today, the University has about 1400 students.

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