Last week I had the privilege of participating in Osijek, Croatia, in a ceremony organised by the Evangelical Theological Faculty (ETF), in which Professor Miroslav Volf, from Yale University, received the title of Doctor honoris causa. ETF is Volf’s alma mater and the place where he began his career as a professor of theology. Miroslav Volf is probably the most prominent Protestant theologian born in Eastern Europe.
Since I teach at that school, when my intense work in World Vision allows me, I had to wear the academic gown in the official parade, together with my other Romanian friends who teach at this school: Dr. Marcel Macelaru, Dean of the school; Dr. Corneliu Constantineanu, former DEan of the school, now Rector of the Pentecostal Theological Institute in Bucharest, Romania; and Drd. Daniel Oprean.
During the same event, Dr. Peter Kuzmić, the Rector of ETF has given the ecumenical award of the school to Dr. Ivo Josipović, for his efforts in support of religious minorities in Croatia. The ceremony was transmitted live on the internet and was well covered by Croatian media.
It was during this ceremony that we have heard the new of the election of Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis.