Marian Expert Ignacio Calabuig Dies

ROME, MARCH 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Servite Father Ignacio Calabuig, a leading Mariologist, died in Rome due to illness.

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He was remembered in a Mass on Wednesday, a month after his Feb. 6 death, at the pontifical faculty Marianum where he taught and lived.

Father Calabuig was responsible, among others, for revising and transcribing the texts of the Stations of the Cross, which are prepared every year at this time, and recited by the faithful with the Pope at the Colosseum on Good Friday.

A consultor for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, as well as a member of the academic council of the Pontifical Academy of the Immaculate Conception, Father Calabuig was, first of all, «a friar loyal to community prayer and a scholar,» said Father Bernardo Antonini, Marianum vice rector, during the homily.

Ignacio Calabuig Adán was born in Spain in 1931. He was ordained in Rome in 1955. A consultor for the Office for Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Father Calabuig was the coordinator of Mariology at the Marianum and director of the Marianum review.

The religious of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary participated in the writing of documents such as Pope Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation «Marialis Cultus.»

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