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"A living Theology also means a Theology in dialogue with society."

Professor Javier Sánchez Cañizares, sponsor of the new promotions of high school program and licentiate degree of the School of Theology.

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Graduation of the students of high school program and licentiate degree of the School of Theology. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
29/05/14 11:54 Fina Trèmols

On Wednesday, May 28, 29 students from the XLVIII graduating class of high school program and 19 students from the XLVI graduating class of licentiate degree graduated from the School Theology of the University of Navarra.

The events began with the celebration of Holy Mass at Amigos Building. In the homily, Fr. Javier Sánchez CañizaresJavier Sánchez Cañizares, godfather of the two graduating classes, commented on the reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles in which St. Paul speaks to the Athenians in the Areopagus, and presented it as model for preaching. "God's characteristic is not efficacy, he said; the Holy Spirit changes the world by changing people's hearts. God counts on our freedom. As theologians we are asked to be collaborators of the Holy Spirit in this mission statement".

At the classroom Magna of the Ecclesiastical Schools building, Ruben Mestre, student of licentiate degree and Jaime Alfredo Vasquez, of high school program delivered speeches.

The event highlighted the fact that School of Theology won in March the award Solidariun of the University of Navarra.

In his words, Professor Javier Sánchez Cañizares, who was previously awarded the scholarship of Honor, referred to the fact that the programs of study of Theology serves "so that each one of us can serve Christ and his Church: there is no work in the world comparable to this. It is very easy to teach and learn a technique, but it is very difficult to teach and learn Theology, because we are always faced with the obvious and the mysterious: how little space there is between one and the other and yet their conquest is essential for the life of man on earth".

"A living theology also means a theology in dialogue with society," he concluded. And, with the words used by St. John Paul II at the beginning of his pontificate, he urged them "not to be afraid" to serve the universal Church in and through their particular churches. The students, in addition to Spain, come from: Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador, Uganda, El Salvador, India, Equatorial Guinea, USA, Philippines... Not in vain, two thirds of the students of the School of Theology at the University of Navarra are international.

For his part, the Associate Dean of the School, César Izquierdo, congratulated them and asked them to be aware of the joyful responsibility that means to carry the good name of the School of Theology of the University of Navarra around the world. And not to doubt for a moment that this was, forever, their home.

Also on the same day, 10 students from the School from Canon LawThe same day also saw the graduation of 10 students from Peru, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, the Philippines and Spain.