November 16th 1968 - Cardinal Augustin Bea
† in Rome
Father Bea came from Riedböhringen (Baden). There he was born on May 28th 1881 as only child. His father Karl was a carpenter, his mother's Christian name was Mary. He visited the High School in Sasbach, Constance, and Rastatt. After two years of theological studies in Freiburg he joined on April 8the 1902 the Society of Jesus. In 1912 he was ordained priest. From 1917 to 1921 he worked as professor of exegesis (Old Testament) and Study Prefect in Valkenburg. From 1921 to 1924 he was the first Provincial of the new Upper German Province. In 1924 he was called to Rome as professor at the Bible Institute. For nineteen years (1930-49) he was there also Rector and advisor in many Vatican bodies. From 1945 to 1958 he was also Father Confessor of Pope Pius XII.
On December 19th 1959 he was appointed Cardinal by Pope John XXIII. Bea became particularly known as the first president of the Secretariat for the Promotion of the Union of Christians (1960-68). In 1966 he received the Peace Prize of the German book trade. As editor of the magazines 'Biblica' and 'Orientalia' he was well-known in professional circles. He died in Rome on November 16th 1968. His body was buried in the parish church of his homeland.
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