Vatican City, Jan 11, 2022 / 10:00 am
More than 600 years ago on January 11, 1397, Pope Boniface IX granted a request from Saint Hedwig, Queen of Poland, to create a Catholic theological faculty.
Today this Catholic educational institution, now called the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, is celebrating the 625th anniversary of its founding.
Pope Francis offered congratulations to the pontifical university in a letter published Jan. 11.
“Together with you, I thank God for this tradition of more than six centuries, with all its scientific and educational achievements, as well as its own spirituality created by its holy founders, professors and students,” the pope wrote.