Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome! Benvenuti!





The administration, staff, professors and students of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas welcome pilgrims from all over the world as the city of Rome honors the University's most prominent alumnus.

Blessed John Paul the Great stated the following on his first visit to the Angelicum as pope on November 17, 1979:

"My visit to the Angelicum… gave me an opportunity to relive the numerous memories of the two years during which I was a student at [this] University. It is a joy to me to realize that the Angelicum has continued in the study, the teaching, and the diffusion of the truth of revealed doctrine, through the disciplines of theology and philosophy and their related sciences… I also noted with pleasure the signs of the vitality which abound in the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas: it gives evidence of quite fresh vigor through which it is able, by new scientific approaches, to respond to the emerging cultural demands of our time."

On behalf of the University I especially welcome all our alumni who are in Urbe for this magnificent celebration. May Blessed Karol Wojtyla bless you and keep you during your sojourn in the Eternal City.




Rev. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP
Vice-Rector for Public Relations

Angelicum welcomes Christendom College Students in Rome for Beatification



Angelicum Alumnus & Christendom College President
Dr. Timothy O'Donnell


Christendom College will join the Vatican in celebrating the Beatification of Pope John Paul II at both its Front Royal, Va., and Rome, Italy, campuses. College president Dr. Timoth O'Donnell and Angelicum Alumnus will be joining students in Rome for the Vatican's events and will also lead a tour of key locations from the life of John Paul II. College chaplain Rev. Donald Planty will be leading the college in a series of events from May 1-4, 2011.

In Rome, on Saturday, April 30,2011 O'Donnell will lead Christendom College students on a pilgrimage to sites associated with John Paul II's student days, from the Belgium College, where he lived, to the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas—also known as the Angelicum—where he studied. The tour will include a special tour of the Angelicum by Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP, Vice-Rector for Public Relations who will open the university's archives to view John Paul II's dissertation and other records. Alumni and friends of the college who will be in Rome for the beatification are welcome to attend.

Opening of the Karol Wojtyla Memorial at the Angelicum








Pilgrims from the United States, including Tom Monahan, founder of Ave Maria University and Dominos Pizza; in Rome for the Beatification of the Angelicum's most prominent alumnus, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, joined His Eminence Jorge Cardinal Mejia, Angelicum alumnus and classmate of Karol Wojtyla, and emeritus Archivist of the Roman Catholic Church; and Fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, OP, Vice-Rector for Public Relations, for the opening and blessing of the Karol Wojtyla Memorial at the Angelicum.

The event was preceded by a tour of the Angelicum by Fr. Crosthwaite followed by a presentation by His Eminence entitled "A Conversation of Fr. Wojtyla at the Angelicum 1946-1949 --and Beyond" in the same hall where Fr. Wojtyla defended his doctorate dissertation 60 years ago --Sala della Sapienza. The event concluded with a luncheon in the historic Aula delle Colonne.

Click here for Cardinal Mejia's presentation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beatificazione di Giovanni Paolo II



Il 30 aprile, il 1° maggio e il 2 maggio sono i tre giorni che Roma dedica alla Beatificazione di Giovanni Paolo II. In questi giorni importanti la città cercherà di mostrare il suo aspetto migliore. Roma, ancora una volta, saprà essere la Capitale dell'accoglienza. Papa Wojtyla era ed è un amico non solo dei credenti, ma di tutta Roma. La Città Eterna gli rende omaggio.

30th April, 1st May and 2nd May are the three days that Rome is dedicating to the Beatification of John Paul II. On these important days, the city will be trying to show itself at its best. Rome, once again, will prove that it knows how to be the welcoming Capital. Pope Wojtyla was and is a friend not only to believers but to all of Rome. The Eternal City pays homage to him.

Web-site.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!/Buona Pascua!



VICTIMAE Paschali
laudes immolent Christiani.

Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit
peccatores.

Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria,
Quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex miserere.
Amen. Alleluia.

Holy Saturday/Sabato Santo




ST. III, q. 52, a. 5

Ad quintum sic proceditur. Videtur quod Christus, descendens ad Inferos, sanctos patres inde non liberaverit. Dicit enim Augustinus, in epistola ad Evodium, illis iustis qui in sinu erant Abrahae cum Christus in Inferna descenderet, nondum quid contulisset inveni, a quibus eum, secundum beatificam praesentiam suae divinitatis, nunquam video recessisse. Multum autem eis contulisset si eos ab Inferis liberasset. Non ergo videtur quod Christus sanctos patres ab Inferis liberaverit.

[49230] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 arg. 2
Praeterea, nullus in Inferno detinetur nisi propter peccatum. Sed sancti patres, dum adhuc viverent, per fidem Christi iustificati fuerant a peccato. Ergo non indigebant liberari ab Inferno, ad Inferos Christo descendente.

[49231] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 arg. 3
Praeterea, remota causa, removetur effectus. Sed causa descendendi ad Inferos est peccatum, quod fuit remotum per passionem Christi, ut supra dictum est. Non ergo per descensum Christi ad Inferos sancti patres sunt de Inferno educti.

[49232] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 s. c.
Sed contra est quod Augustinus dicit, in sermone de passione, quod Christus, quando ad Inferna descendit, portam Inferni et vectes ferreos confregit, et omnes iustos, qui originali peccato adstricti tenebantur, absolvit.

[49233] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 co.
Respondeo dicendum quod, sicut supra dictum est, Christus, descendens ad Inferos, operatus est in virtute suae passionis. Per passionem autem Christi liberatum est genus humanum, non solum a peccato, sed etiam a reatu poenae, ut supra dictum est. Dupliciter autem homines reatu poenae erant adstricti. Uno modo, pro peccato actuali, quod quilibet in sua persona commiserat. Alio modo, pro peccato totius humanae naturae, quod a primo parente in omnes originaliter devenit, ut dicitur Rom. V. Cuius quidem peccati poena est mors corporalis et exclusio a vita gloriae, ut patet ex his quae dicuntur Gen. II et III, nam Deus hominem de Paradiso post peccatum eiecit, cui ante peccatum mortem fuerat comminatus si peccaret. Et ideo Christus, descendens ad Inferos, virtute suae passionis ab hoc reatu sanctos absolvit, quo erant a vita gloriae exclusi, ut non possent Deum per essentiam videre, in quo consistit perfecta hominis beatitudo, ut in secunda parte dictum est. Per hoc autem sancti patres detinebantur in Inferno, quod eis ad vitam gloriae, propter peccatum primi parentis, aditus non patebat. Et sic Christus, descendens ad Inferos, sanctos patres ab Inferis liberavit. Et hoc est quod dicitur Zach. IX, tu vero in sanguine testamenti tui eduxisti vinctos de lacu in quo non erat aqua. Et Coloss. II dicitur quod, exspolians principatus et potestates, scilicet infernales, auferendo Isaac et Iacob et ceteros iustos, traduxit eos, idest, longe ab hoc regno tenebrarum ad caelum duxit, ut Glossa ibidem dicit.

[49234] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 ad 1
Ad primum ergo dicendum quod Augustinus ibi loquitur contra quosdam qui aestimabant antiquos iustos, ante adventum Christi, in Inferno doloribus poenarum fuisse subiectos. Unde, parum ante verba inducta, praemittit dicens, addunt quidam hoc beneficium antiquis etiam sanctis fuisse concessum, ut, dominus cum in Infernum venisset, ab illis doloribus solverentur. Sed quonam modo intelligatur Abraham, in cuius sinum pius etiam pauper ille susceptus est, in illis fuisse doloribus, ego quidem non video. Et ideo, cum postea subdit se nondum invenisse quid descensus Christi ad Inferos antiquis iustis contulerit, intelligendum est quantum ad absolutionem a doloribus poenarum. Contulit tamen eis quantum ad adeptionem gloriae, et per consequens solvit eorum dolorem quem patiebantur ex dilatione gloriae. Ex cuius tamen spe magnum gaudium habebant, secundum illud Ioan. VIII, Abraham, pater vester, exultavit ut videret diem meum. Et ideo subdit, a quibus eum, secundum beatificam praesentiam suae divinitatis, nunquam video recessisse, inquantum scilicet, etiam ante adventum Christi, erant beati in spe, licet nondum essent perfecte beati in re.

[49235] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 ad 2
Ad secundum dicendum quod sancti patres, dum adhuc viverent, liberati fuerunt per fidem Christi ab omni peccato tam originali quam actuali, et reatu poenae actualium peccatorum, non tamen a reatu poenae originalis peccati, per quem excludebantur a gloria, nondum soluto pretio redemptionis humanae. Sicut etiam nunc fideles Christi liberantur per Baptismum a reatu actualium peccatorum, et a reatu originalis quantum ad exclusionem a gloria, remanent tamen adhuc obligati reatu originalis peccati quantum ad necessitatem corporaliter moriendi; quia renovantur secundum spiritum, sed nondum secundum carnem, secundum illud Rom. VIII, corpus quidem mortuum est propter peccatum, spiritus vero vivit propter iustificationem.

[49236] IIIª q. 52 a. 5 ad 3
Ad tertium dicendum quod statim, Christo mortem patiente, anima eius ad Infernum descendit, et suae passionis fructum exhibuit sanctis in Inferno detentis, quamvis ex loco illo non exierint, Christo apud Inferos commorante, quia ipsa Christi praesentia pertinebat ad cumulum gloriae.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday/Venerdi Santo



VEXILLA Regis prodeunt;
fulget Crucis mysterium,
quo carne carnis conditor
suspensus est patibulo.

Confixa clavis viscera
tendens manus, vestigia,
redemptionis gratia
hic immolata est hostia.

Quo vulneratus insuper
mucrone diro lanceae,
ut nos lavaret crimine,
manavit unda et sanguine.

Impleta sunt quae concinit
David fideli carmine,
dicendo nationibus:
regnavit a ligno Deus.

Arbor decora et fulgida,
ornata Regis purpura,
electa digno stipite
tam sancta membra tangere.

Beata, cuius brachiis
pretium pependit saeculi:
statera facta corporis,
praedam tulitque tartari.

Fundis aroma cortice,
vincis sapore nectare,
iucunda fructu fertili
plaudis triumpho nobili.

Salve, ara, salve, victima,
de passionis gloria,
qua vita mortem pertulit
et morte vitam reddidit.

O Crux ave, spes unica,
hoc Passionis tempore!
piis adauge gratiam,
reisque dele crimina.

Te, fons salutis Trinitas,
collaudet omnis spiritus:
quos per Crucis mysterium
salvas, fove per saecula. Amen.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Lord's Supper/La Cena del Signore


PANGE, lingua, gloriosi
proelium certaminis,
et super Crucis trophaeo
dic triumphum nobilem,
qualiter Redemptor orbis
immolatus vicerit.

De parentis protoplasti
fraude Factor condolens,
quando pomi noxialis
morte morsu corruit,
ipse lignum tunc notavit,
damna ligni ut solveret.

Hoc opus nostrae salutis
ordo depoposcerat,
multiformis proditoris
ars ut artem falleret,
et medelam ferret inde,
hostis unde laeserat.

Quando venit ergo sacri
plenitudo temporis,
missus est ab arce Patris
natus, orbis, Conditor,
atque ventre virginali
carne factus prodiit.

Vagit infans inter arcta
conditus praesepia:
membra pannis involuta
Virgo Mater alligat:
et manus pedesque et crura
stricta cingit fascia.

LUSTRA sex qui iam peracta
tempus implens corporis,
se volente, natus ad hoc,
passioni deditus,
Agnus in crucis levatur
immolandus stipite.

En acetum, fel, arundo,
sputa, clavi, lancea:
mite corpus perforatur,
Sanguis, unda profluit
terra, pontus, astra, mundus,
quo lavantur flumine!

CRUX fidelis,
inter omnes
arbor una nobilis;
nulla talem silva profert,
flore, fronde, germine.
Dulce lignum, dulci clavo,
dulce pondus sustinens!

Flecte ramos, arbor alta,
tensa laxa viscera,
et rigor lentescat ille,
quem dedit nativitas,
ut superni membra Regis
miti tendas stipite.

Sola digna tu fuisti
ferre saeculi pretium,
atque portum praeparare
nauta mundo naufrago,
quem sacer cruor perunxit,
fusus Agni corpore.

Aequa Patri Filioque,
inclito Paraclito,
sempiterna sit beatae
Trinitati gloria,
cuius alma nos redemit
atque servat gratia.


TANTUM ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen.

V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis.
R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem.

Oremus: Deus, qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili, passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Angelicum Alumnus Patriarch of Ukraine visits Rome

Archdiocesis of Detroit welcomes Angelicum alumnus as auxiliary bishop



Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Jose Arturo Cepeda (Se-PED-da) of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He will join Bishop-designates Monsignor Donald Hanchon and Father Michael Byrnes in being ordained bishops on May 5 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Bishop-designate Cepeda, 41, currently serves as rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. Upon his ordination, he will become the youngest bishop in the United States. He will be the 28th auxiliary bishop for the Detroit archdiocese.

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will introduce Bishop-designate Cepeda at 10:30 a.m. today, Monday, April 18, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

"Bishop Cepeda comes to us with an apostolic mission to use all of his many gifts and talents for the service of the whole People of God in Southeast Michigan – with particular attention to that portion of our family which is Hispanic," Archbishop Vigneron said. "He is a true son of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I know she will help him to share his gifts with us, so that all of us – from so many diverse cultures – will share our gifts of grace with one another."

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, he came to the United States with his family at the age of 19, while already pursuing a life in the priesthood. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1996, at his home parish of St. Mary Magdalen in San Antonio. He was associate pastor of San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral for four years, then attended St. Thomas Aquinas "Angelicum" Pontifical University in Rome, where he earned a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology. Since returning to San Antonio, he has been the archdiocese's vocations director, and has taught and aided formation at Assumption Seminary, Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, and St. Peter Upon the Water center for spiritual direction in San Antonio. He was made vice-rector of Assumption Seminary in 2009, and was made rector of the seminary in 2010. His ministry has also included hosting a bi-lingual talk show on Catholic Television of San Antonio, and giving numerous talks and retreats.

"I am excited about coming to Detroit," said Bishop-designate Cepeda, who had not visited the city outside of its airport prior to his appointment. "God is the One who does all the work and gives us all the grace we need. All we need to do is say 'yes,' just like Mary. That's my attitude. I will learn much from the Church of Detroit."

In the Detroit archdiocese, Bishop-designates Cepeda, Hanchon and Byrnes will join Auxiliary Bishop Francis Reiss and retired Auxiliary Bishops Moses Anderson, SSE, and Thomas Gumbleton. Archbishop Allen Vigneron serves as chief shepherd for the 1.4 million Catholics who reside in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties.

Bishop-designate Cepeda will become the second priest from Texas appointed to serve in the Detroit archdiocese. Bishop Daniel Flores came from the Diocese of Corpus Christi and served as an auxiliary for just over three years before being installed as the bishop of Brownsville, Texas, in February 2010.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ex-alunno dell'Angelicum ucciso nel Paraguay



ASUNCIÓN, venerdì, 15 aprile 2011 (ZENIT.org).- La Conferenza Episcopale del Paraguay ha confermato la notizia dell'assassinio di mons. Julio César Álvarez, di 45 anni. Non si conoscono i motivi del crimine, anche se sono stati già arrestati dei sospetti. Il sacerdote era parroco ed era stato diplomatico vaticano.

E' stata la polizia ad avvertire i media dell'accaduto. Il crimine è avvenuto nella stanza del presbitero, nella sua parrocchia situata nel quartiere Estación a Villarrica, capitale del dipartimento di Guairá, a 150 chilometri a sud-est della capitale Asunción. Il cadavere è stato rinvenuto dalla domestica della casa parrocchiale del Sacro Cuore di Gesù.

Il sacerdote, ordinato nel 1989, aveva il titolo di monsignore e aveva svolto la sua carriera diplomatica in Vaticano fin da molto giovane, essendo diplomatico in vari Paesi.

Il Vescovo di Villarrica, Ricardo Valenzuela, ha detto ai media che il sacerdote può essere stato vittima dell'ondata di furti che rappresenta una costante delle parrocchie di Villarrica negli ultimi mesi. “Una finestra della sua stanza è stata rotta”, ha sottolineato la polizia al riguardo.

Per il delitto sono stati arrestati due fratelli, visti da alcuni testimoni in compagnia del sacerdote, come ha rivelato ai media Carlos Alvarenga, dell'Unità Penale 1.

“Il presbitero è stato strangolato, con le mani e i piedi legati”, ha aggiunto il capo della polizia locale, Eligio Insaurralde.

Dopo vari incarichi diplomatici, padre Álvarez era tornato quattro anni fa in Paraguay per occuparsi della parrocchia in cui svolgeva la sua missione a livello di evangelizzazione e assistenza alla popolazione locale.

In un comunicato di questo giovedì, la Conferenza Episcopale Paraguayana (CEP) ha espresso le sue più sentite condoglianze al Vescovo della Diocesi di Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, monsignor  Valenzuela Ríos, al clero, ai religiosi, alle religiose e ai fedeli per la morte del sacerdote, ed “eleva le sue preghiere affinché il Signore misericordioso lo accolga nella sua santa dimora”.

La CEP chiede anche “alle autorità competenti che vengano chiariti rapidamente i fatti relativi al suo decesso”.

Nel 1996 mons. Álvarez consegui il dottorato magne cum laude in Diritto canonico presso l'Angelicum. Fu studente di fr. Angelo Urru, O.P. durante il suo decanato in Diritto canonico.

R.I.P.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Palm Sunday/Domenica delle Palme



GLORIA, laus et honor
tibi sit, Rex Christe, Redemptor:
Cui puerile decus prompsit
Hosanna pium.

Israel es tu Rex, Davidis et
inclyta proles:
Nomine qui in Domini,
Rex benedicte, venis.

Coetus in excelsis te laudat
caelicus omnis,
Et mortalis homo, et cuncta
creata simul.

Plebs Hebraea tibi cum palmis
obvia venit:
Cum prece, voto, hymnis,
adsumus ecce tibi.

Hi tibi passuro solvebant
munia laudis:
Nos tibi regnanti pangimus
ecce melos.

Hi placuere tibi, placeat
devotio nostra:
Rex bone, Rex clemens, cui
bona cuncta placent.

Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 Angelicum Alumni Achievement Award Celebration






















Check our Picasa Web Album by clicking on the "Picasa" icon in the "Angelicum Social Networks" box to see all the pictures of the event honoring His Excellency Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, U.K., Class of 1977.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Beatificazione ex-alunno Karol Wojtyla


Sabato, 30 Aprile 2011

ROMA (Circo Massimo). Veglia di preghiera e ringraziamento a Dio per la vita e il ministero di Giovanni Paolo II, organizzata dalla Diocesi di Roma e presieduta da Sua Eminenza il Cardinale Vicario di Roma, Agostino Vallini. La veglia inizierà alle ore 20,00 per concludersi alle 22,30 (circa). Il Santo Padre, Benedetto XVI parteciperà con un collegamento video.

Domenica, 1 Maggio 2011

ROMA (Piazza San Pietro). Il Santo Padre, Benedetto XVI presiede la celebrazione della Santa Messa di Beatificazione alle ore 10,00; Al termine della cerimonia, all'interno della Basilica di San Pietro, davanti l’Altare della Confessione, sarà possibile venerare le spoglie del Beato Giovanni Paolo II dalla conclusione della celebrazione fino ad esaurimento del flusso dei fedeli.

Lunedì, 2 Maggio 2011

ROMA (Piazza San Pietro). Il Segretario di Stato della Città del Vaticano, Sua Eminenza il Cardinale Tarcisio Bertone presiederà la celebrazione della Santa Messa di Ringraziamento per la Beatificazione del Servo di Dio alle ore 10,30.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

QUALIFICATI!!!!!!



GO FOR THE GOAL!!!!


Questa fine di settimana fu il  “giorno del giudizio” per la Clericus Cup V Edizione.  I sacerdoti calciatori iscritti al campionato di calcio degli istituti pontifici affrontarono infatti l’ultima giornata dei gironi di qualificazione, da cui hanno uscito i nomi delle otto squadre che passeranno ai quarti di finale, in programma, dopo la pausa pasquale, il 14 maggio 2011.

 L'Angelicum (6 punti) ha qualificato per i quarti di finale dal Girone B insieme con North American Martyrs (6 punti) squalificando Pontificio Collegio  Pio Brasiliano (6 punti) con ricorso alla classifica fair play per la parità fra le tre squadre.

Squadre che hanno qualificato per i quarti di finale 

GIRONE A
REDEMPTORIS MATER    
MATER ECCLESIAE           
                                                                                       
GIRONE B
ANGELICUM       
NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS   
    
GIRONE C
COLLEGIO MESSICANO  
AGOSTINIANI      

GIRONE D
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ GREGORIANA    
PONTIFICIO COLLEGIO URBANO 










































Thursday, April 7, 2011

Brasile vs Angelicum


FA' IL TIFO PER LA NOSTRA SQUADRA!!!!
 
Squadra "Pontificio Collegio Pio Brasiliano"

VS. 


 Squadra "Angelicum"

PONTIFICIO COLLEGIO PIO BRASILIANO VS. ANGELICUM 
Sabato aprile 9, 2011 alle ore 10.30

Campo A del Pontificio Oratorio di San Pietro
(via di Santa Maria Mediatrice 24, Roma)
CLERICUS CUP V

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Angelicum Alumnus Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church dies


On 1 April 2011, Mar Vithayathil, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church and Angelicum alumnus, died suddenly from a massive heart attack. He had suffered from prolonged heart problems for some time and died about 2:00 PM at Lisie Hospital in Ernakulam, India, after fainting while celebrating Mass at noon at the Major Archbishop's house, Ernakulam.  The Administrator Apostolic Mar Bosco Puthur announced that the funeral would take place on 10 April 2011 at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, India.

Born to Justice Joseph Vithayathil (a member of the Travancore Legislative Assembly, a Chevalier [1], and a President of the All Kerala Catholic Congress) and Thresiamma Vazhapilly, he became a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, founded by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri in 1732. He was ordained as a priest on 12 Jun. 1954. He holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome on "The Origin and Progress of the Syro-Malabar Hierarchy". He taught for 25 years at the Redemptorist seminary in Bangalore. In 1972 he took his Master's Degree in Philosophy from Karnataka University. He also taught different subjects in several other seminaries in Bangalore.

From 1978 to 1984 he was Provincial Superior of the Redemptorist provinces in India and Sri Lanka, from 1984 to 1985 he was President of the India Conference of Religious, and from 1990 to 1996 he was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery in Bangalore by Pope John Paul II.

He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Ernakulam-Angamaly on 18 December 1996 and was consecrated Bishop on 6 January 1997. Pope John Paul II appointed him Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly and Head of the Syro-Malabar Church on 23 December 1999. In February 2008 he was elected President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Pope John Paul II nominated Varkey Vithayathil a member of the college of cardinals on 21 January 2001 and raised him to that dignity at the consistory on 21 February. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

The sacerdotal golden jubilee of the Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil was celebrated under the auspices of the Syro-Malabar church on 8th November 2003. The jubilee was inaugurated on 12th June 2003 and was concluded on 12th June 2004.

Works

    * The Origin and Progress of the Syro-Malabar Hierarchy, Thesis, Angelicum, 1959. Published: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies, India, 1980.
    * Straight From the Heart, autobiography and opinions in the form of an extended interview.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.