New Publication Aimed at Pontifical Universities

ROME, NOV. 22, 2005 ( The first issue of Synthesis, a free bimonthly publication, is now available in all pontifical universities of Rome and in bookstores on the Via della Conciliazione near the Vatican.

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With a first issue of 5,000 copies, the publication is addressed to students, professors and academic authorities. Its aim is to have pontifical schools in Rome become forgers «of Catholic thought that seriously influences the present cultural reality.»

Giovanni Tridente, the editor, who is studying for a licentiate in institutional social communication at the University of the Holy Cross, told ZENIT that the review «will have an apologetic style, although the topics will be very broad and will be chosen on each occasion.»

Of paramount importance «will be the debate opened in every discipline which is typical of pontifical universities,» Tridente said. It will also cover «the disciplines taught there — philosophy, theology, social communication, canon law, ecumenism, etc.»

Tridente is assisted by Jorge Olaechea, a student at the Lateran University who is preparing for the priesthood in the Sodality of Christian Life. Tridente said that the editorial staff is made up of 12 members, each representing a Roman athenaeum.

The online version of Synthesis is available at

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