Priest-historian dies at 87

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Fr. Fidel Villaroel, OP

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— Dominican Fr. Fidel Villaroel, an educator and prolific historian of Christianity, died on Oct. 23 at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. He was 87.

A longtime UST archivist, the Spanish priest is a renowned historian of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

In brief statement posted on its Facebook page, the UST also described Villaroel as a “prolific saint-maker”.

“He is also credited for writing the positio that launched the canonization cause of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila,” the UST said.

Among his best known works is the 2-volume “A History of the University of Santo Tomas: Four Centuries of Higher Education in the Philippines,” which received the 2014 Gintong Aklat Award.

In recognition of his extraordinary service to the Church, then Pope John Paul II awarded him the Cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice”. (CBCPNews) 

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