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From the Balearic Islands to Rome.
A life as theologian

by Gianni Cardinale

Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer was born in Manacor, Mallorca diocese, in the Balearic Islands, on 19 April 1944. In 1966 he graduated in Law at the University of Madrid and on 17 October of the same year entered the Society of Jesus. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontificia Comillas University (Madrid) and at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen (Frankfurt am Main).
Ordained priest on 29 July 1973 Ladaria completed a doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1975. That same year he became professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and from 1984 was full professor in the same discipline in the Faculty of Theology of the Gregorian. From 1986 to 1994 he was also vice-rector of that university. A member from 1992 to 1997 of the International Theological Commission (which during that time produced the documents on ‘Some questions on the theology of Redemption’ and on ‘Christianity and religions’), from 2004 he was Secretary General (and in 2007 the Commission published his most recent text on ‘The hope of salvation for children who die without baptism’). From 1995, he was also consultant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Ladaria is the author of over one hundred publications, including books and specialized articles. Among his works we mention: Antropologia teologica (Theological anthropology) published in Spain in 1983 and in Italy for the first time in 1986 by Piemme and reprinted with updates several times, Il Dio vivo e vero. Il mistero della Trinità , (The living and true God.The mystery of the Trinity), published in Spain in 1998 and Italy in 1999 also by Piemme; and La Trinità, mistero di comunione (The Trinity, the mystery of communion), published in Spain in 2002 and Italy in 2004 by Edizioni Paoline.

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