Pope John Paul II’s Address at CUA in 1979

Pope John Paul II delivered a major speech on Catholic higher education on the campus of The Catholic University of America on Oct. 7, 1979. The crowd of 2,000 people in the University field house, which is now the Crough Center for Architectural Studies, included 240 heads of Catholic institutions of higher learning from around the country. During his address, Pope John Paul II told the audience, “I cannot help but feel at home with you.” He called CUA a “great institution” and affirmed the responsibility of a Catholic university to set up “a real community which bears witness to a living and operative Christianity, a community where sincere commitment to scientific research and study goes together with a deep commitment to authentic Christian living.”

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