In a historic announcement on June 2, 2018, Pope Francis appointed 57-year old Vincenzo Buonomo as the new rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Buonomo is the first layperson ever to hold this position at what St. John Paul II called “the pope’s athenaeum.” He succeeds Archbishop Enrico dal Covolo, a Salesian, who served as rector of the Lateran University for the past eight years.
Professor Buonomo is a both a civil and canon lawyer and a specialist in international law. He is a professor at the Lateran University and also teaches future Holy See diplomats in the field of international law at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. Vatican observers view Buonomo’s appointment as part of Pope Francis’ overall strategy to appoint more laypeople to key positions within the Catholic Church.
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