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Hittinger Presents at Conference in Vatican City

Dr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy in the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, will present his paper "The Vocation of the Christian Philosopher" at a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Vatican City. He will present his work on Saturday, June 30, in Casina Pio IV, Vatican City.

The conference, "The Thomistic legacy in Blessed John Paul II and his refounding of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas," includes presenters Monsignor Professor John Wippel of The Catholic University of America, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the former Vatican City Secretary of State, and many others.

The Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas celebrates the Blessed John Paul II's Encyclical Letter "Fides et ratio," which reinterpreted Aquinas' themes of truth, good and being, at the conference.

"In compliance with the Beatification of Pope John Paul II by Pope Benedict XVI, the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas would like to recognize this admirable work not only out of gratefulness but also as a commitment and mission," the Academy states in the prologue to the conference. "The Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas invites all of its academicians and all those who witnessed John Paul II’s pontificate to unite in prayer and in the celebration of the happily reigning Benedict XVI, and to reflect on the special relationship between St. Thomas and the blessed John Paul II, the heavenly patrons of the Academy."

Hittinger founded the Pope John Paul II Forum for the Church in the Modern World in 2009. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and completed his master's and doctoral degrees in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He also spent one year at the University of Dallas studying philosophy and politics. Hittinger has published four books and numerous articles and presented papers on a variety of topics including John Locke, Jacques Maritain, military ethics, liberal education, political philosophy and the thought of John Paul II.

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