Pope Francis Mourns ‘Authoritative Biblical Scholar’ Cardinal Albert Vanhoye| National Catholic Register

Albert Vanhoye was born on July 24, 1923, in Hazebrouck, northern France. In 1941, at the age of 18, he crossed France on foot to enter the Jesuit novitiate in Le Vignau, southwestern France. According to the website of the French-speaking Jesuit Province of Western Europe, this was a dangerous undertaking as part of France was then occupied by the Nazis. Vanhoye left the occupied zone clandestinely to avoid being caught and forced to work in Nazi Germany. After earning a degree in the Classics, studying philosophy and theology in Enghien, Belgium, he was ordained a priest on July 26, 1954.  He was sent in 1956 to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he completed a doctorate on the Epistle to the Hebrews. He took his final vows as a Jesuit in the Eternal City on Feb. 2, 1959. In 1962, he was named a professor at the institute, also known as the Biblicum. 

Pope Francis Mourns ‘Authoritative Biblical Scholar’ Cardinal Albert Vanhoye| National Catholic Register

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