New Ostpolitik: The “Russicum” in Rome is to be Closed
[According to the neo-Fatimistas, no more need for it, because Russia has been “converted”]
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
The Eponymous Flower
Monday, March 21, 2016
(Rome) “Russicum Addio,” writes Vatican expert Sandro Magister. “For the glorious Pontifical College founded in 1929 by Pope Pius XI. to train Russian seminarians, but even more to keep alive the Catholic faith in the Soviet Union, the closure is a done deal.”
The Pontifical College of the Russicum is in close proximity to the Patriarchal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The church is dedicated to the Father of Monasticism, St. Anthony.
The founder of the institution, which, after the bloody persecution of Christians by the Bolsheviks was entrusted to the Society of Jesus from the beginning on, whom Pope Pius XI. entrusted this haven for Russian Catholics but also Orthodox Russians who converted under the influence of apocalyptic events in the former Russian Empire after the October Revolution, to the Catholic faith.
Refuge during the Soviet era
Missionaries were trained in the Russicum, who had the courage to go for their faith into the Soviet Union in order to evangelize. “There was a certain enthusiasm to go to Russia to preach the Gospel, and if necessary to die for it,” said the Austrian-Swiss Jesuit born i 1915, Father Ludwig Pichler, about his memories on Russicum.