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The centenary of his birth

by Gianni Cardinale

On 27 June a commemorative seminar for the centenary of the birth of Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez (born 27 September 1907, died 9 April 1999, Archbishop of Santiago del Cile from 1961 to 1983) was held in the Pontifical Salesian University (PSU). The event was orgaized by the faculty of Canon Law of the Athenaeum, led by the Dean, Don Sabino Ardito, and by the Embassy of Chile to the Holy See. Numerous ecclesiastics and lay figures attended, among them the vice-dean of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, Ambassador of Honduras Alejandro Emilio Valladares Lanza. After the speeches of welcome given by Don Mario Toso, Rector of the PSU, by the Chilean Ambassador Pablo Cabrera Gaete and by Don Pascual Chávez Villanueva, Senior Rector of the Salesians, the Salesian Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa gave a speech on “Poverty and human development”. Subsequently Don Natale Vitali, Salesian Inspector of Chile, Monsignor Ricardo Ezzati, Salesian Archbishop of Concepción, and Doctor Ascanio Cavallo, journalist, editor of the Memorias del cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez, spoke. The morning was closed with an impromptu speech – which is reproduced here – by the Cardinal Secretary of State, the Salesian Tarcisio Bertone. The complete acts of the day dedicated to Cardinal Silva Henríquez are published by LAS, the publishing house of the SPU, edited by Don David Albornoz and Don Toso.

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