Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy

The Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy ("Pontificia Ecclesiastica Academia") is one of the Pontifical Academies of the Holy See. The academy is dedicated to training priests to serve in the diplomatic corps and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. The diplomatic service of the Holy See can be traced back to the First Council of Nicaea when Pope Sylvester I sent legates to represent him during the discussions of the council. The present Academy was created as the Pontifical Academy of Ecclesiastical Nobles in 1701 by the abbot Pietro Garagni. [cite web | url=http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdeccles/documents/storia_it.htm | title=Cenni Storici ("Italian")| publisher=Holy See | accessdate=2008-01-24 ]

Located inside Palazzo Severoli, Piazza della Minerva, central Rome, the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy trains Catholic priests sent by their bishop from different parts of the world to study ecclesiastical and international diplomacy, particularly in order that the alumni may later be selected to serve in the Diplomatic posts of the Holy See—ultimately as a papal nuncio, or ambassador. Many leaders of the church have been alumni of the academy, including Popes Clement XIII, Leo XII, Leo XIII, Benedict XV, and Paul VI. [cite web | url=http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdeccles/documents/pontefici-ex.htm | title=Pontefici ex-alunni ("Italian") | publisher=Holy See | accessdate=2008-01-24 ]

The current President of the academy is Archbishop Beniamino Stella.


External links

* [http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdeccles/index.htm Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy]

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