St. Thomas Pontifical University – Cardinal Newman Society

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Cardinal Newman Society

After being ordained a parish priest in Toronto, Canada, and consecrated a bishop for Western United States Ashur Soro attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he earned a master’s degree in theology in 1991. Ashur Soro also attended St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome, Italy, earning a licentiate and doctoral degree in sacred theology in 2000.

St. Thomas Pontifical University includes a number of programs and organizations to help further Catholic education around the world, including the Cardinal Newman Society, an organization that is designed to promote faith-based education beginning at the kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Cardinal Newman Society features programs such as the Catholic School Curriculum standards and the Recruit Me program, designed for high school students who would like to receive information and be recruited by Catholic colleges to further the student’s education. The Recruit Me program is designed to encourage Catholic colleges to compete with each other, helping students obtain the best possible benefits for their college education.


Catholic University of America Receives Donation of Ethiopian Scrolls


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Catholic University of America

In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Ashur Soro as Titular Bishop of Foraziana at the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle. Ashur Soro holds a doctorate in theology from St. Thomas Pontifical University in Rome and a master’s degree in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America.

On December 19, 2016, the Catholic University of America announced it had received a donation of Ethiopian manuscripts from Gerald and Barbara Weiner, two collectors in Chicago. The manuscripts date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries and include more than 215 Islamic manuscripts and 125 Christian manuscripts. The collection also includes more than 350 magic scrolls – personalized prayer scrolls designed to be rolled into amulets and placed on a person’s neck to help with specific ailments, such as fatigue and headaches.

Gerald Werner chose the Catholic University of America as the recipient of the donation as a result of its commitment to Ethiopian studies. To learn more about the donation, visit