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Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide
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[German Version]

The Collegium Urbanum was founded by Urban VIII with the papal bull “Immortalis Dei” on Aug 1, 1627, with the purpose of training priests to disseminate the Catholic faith around the world. The initial means were provided by the Spanish prelate Juan Bautista Vives (1545–1632), who gave the Ferratini palace on the Piazza di Spagna to the Congregation (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) as a gift to the seminary in 1626. He bequeathed his property to support ten students from all nations. Further legacies followed. The founding bull …

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Henkel, Willi, “Collegium Urbanum de Propaganda Fide”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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