Notre Dame is taking even greater strides to ensure her ties to Rome are strong and secure. Pope Benedict also agrees that Notre Dame is a “Great Catholic University”. Keep up the outstanding work Fr. Jenkins! Below is an excerpt from www.nd.edu.
"Father Jenkins meets pope; honorary degrees are presented
Date: February 2, 2006
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, met Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday following a general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Auditorium.
The pope shook hands with Father Jenkins and called Notre Dame “a great Catholic university.” The University president thanked the pope and said, “Keep us in your prayers.”
Nearly 50 Notre Dame Trustees, officers and their spouses attended the papal audience. The Board of Trustees held its annual winter meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Rome. The group will remain in the city through the week to meet with a variety of Vatican officials.
Also on Wednesday, the University presented honorary degrees to L. Francis Rooney III, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and the Most Rev. Rino Fisichella, auxiliary bishop of Rome and rector of St. John Lateran University. The honorary doctor of laws degrees were presented as part of a University-sponsored academic convocation…"