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A great exegete

by Gianni Valente

Cardinal Albert Vanhoye was born in 1923 in Hazebrouck, in the diocese of Lille in northern France, on the border with Belgium. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1941 and was ordained a priest in 1954. After receiving the Licentiate in Arts at the Sorbonne in Paris, he studied in Rome where in 1958 he obtained the Licentiate and then, in 1961, his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, where, from 1963 to 1993, he was Professor of New Testament Exegesis. From 1984 to 1990 he was also Rector.
He was a member of the Preparation Committee of the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana, which in 1979 reorganized the rules for the ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties. Subsequently, from 1984 to 2001, he was a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, of which he was Secretary from 1990 to 2001.
He was consultant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1990 to 2006.
He was created cardinal in the Consistory of 24 March 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI, who declared him “a great exegete”.
This year, from 10 to 16 February, Cardinal Vanhoye preached the traditional exercises to the Roman Curia held in the Vatican at the beginning of Lent in the presence of the Pope.

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