Mons. H. E. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo Workshop ChairSession I Chair Mass Migrations: The New 21st Century Map
Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo was born in Buenos, Aires, Argentina. He was ordained as a priest in 1968 in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. At the University of St. Thomas Aquino (Rome) he obtained a PhD in Sacred Theology – the highest level of Postgraduate studies of the Church – and graduated summa cum laude (1974). He also obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Perugia (Italy), with the highest honors (1976). From 1976-1998, he taught courses in the History of Philosophy at the University of Letrán (Rome) where from 1982 onwards he was Professor of History of Philosophy. He was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the same University during three consecutive periods from 1987-1996. Since 1998, he has been a Professor of History of Philosophy at Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (Rome) and in that same year he was named President of the degree-granting courses in Education Science.
In November 1998, he was appointed Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope John Paul II. In March 1999, His Eminence was appointed Prelate Secretary of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. On March 19, 2001, His Eminence was ordained Bishop of Vescovío with the task of continuing his work in the Pontifical Academies. He was decorated as an officer of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic (2000), knight of the Italian Republic (1999), honorary order of the Republic of Brazil (2004), Republic of Austria (2005), Republic of Chile (2006) and Distinction of honor of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies (2015). He is a member of the Italian Academies of Georgofili (2007), wine (2008), Corresponding Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (2011), and order of the Aztec Eagle (Mexico, 2015).