Preseminary of Saint Pius X will leave the walls of the Vatican

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Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican
Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican

The Holy See decided to move the preseminary of St. Pius X “outside the walls of the Vatican, in order, among other things, to help young pupils to be closer to the places where they study and spend their leisure time.”

Victor Vladimirov – Vatican City

By message In the Vatican Press Hall, “this hypothesis has been studied for some time,” and during a recent audience Pope Francis informed the rector of the church boarding school, Fr. Angelo Magistrelli “the decision that starting from September this year the Preseminary will move its residence to a convenient location outside the Vatican”.

The communiqué of the press service of the Holy See notes that Pope Francis expressed his deep gratitude to Fr. Madzhistrelli for the work done in the 75 years since the foundation of the institution, recognizing the value of its educational mission. The Holy Father asked that the preseminary “could continue to continue the valuable liturgical service carried out by the pupils at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.” It is about “a new stage in the life and work of the preseminary in the name of St. Pius X, which will undoubtedly open up new opportunities for her growth and development, especially in the context of advancing vocations to sacred service. “

The Vatican Preseminary of Saint Pius X is an ecclesiastical educational institution dedicated to the recognition of priesthood vocations. The founder of the boarding school, Italian priest Giovanni Folci, fulfilled the urgent desire of Pope Pius XII for a solemn and dignified liturgical service for priests and pilgrims from all over the world to be held in St. Peter’s Basilica. Over the years of its existence, the preseminary, located next to the basilica, has become the cradle for nearly two hundred vocations to the priesthood and monasticism, as well as a mentor for many deeply religious lay people. This community accepts adolescents from Italy and from all over the world: in their daily routine, in addition to studies, sports, cultural and developmental activities, there is a daily liturgical service in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On October 14, 2020, the Vatican opened the trial of Gabriele Martinelli, a 28-year-old Italian priest and former student of the Preseminary, who is accused of alleged abuse of minors: the tenth hearing is taking place this month. Martinelli allegedly committed violence between the ages of 14 and 20. The former rector of the institution, 71-year-old Fr. Enrico Radice: he is charged with concealing facts and obstructing a judicial investigation. Both priests deny the charges against them.

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