Peru’s apostolic nunciature has announced that Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary has been named apostolic visitor for the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
The announcement was made public by the university board. No date for the cardinal’s arrival was mentioned.
In a statement, university officials reiterated their “willingness to dialogue” as expressed by the university assembly during its meeting on Sept. 23. During the meeting, the assembly rejected adopting the statutes put forth in the apostolic exhortation, “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” thus endangering its status as a pontifical and Catholic institution.
Cardinal Peter Erdo is currently serving his second term as president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences. He was re-elected last September at the council’s meeting in Albania.
Cardinal Peter Erdo was born on June 25, 1952 in Budapest, Hungary. He was ordained a priest in 1975 and holds doctorates in theology and canon law.
In 1999 he was appointed titular Bishop of Puppi and Auxiliary of Székesfehérvár. He was also president of the Commission of Ecclesiastical Law for the Bishops’ Conference of Hungary.
On December 7, 2002 Cardinal Erdo was nominated Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary. Then, in 2005 he was elected president of the country’s bishops’ conference.
In October 2006 he was elected president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences and in 2003 he was made a cardinal by John Paul II.