Here is what he reports from his experience so far. “In
order to create a relationship, we began to make visits to the institutions.
That way everyone could get to know people who play a similar role. They were
aware that they had a “brother” but often didn’t know him. These were moments
of meeting but above all of listening. Beyond a technical task, this project is
a human challenge, as it is largely based on the work of people. Everyone must
listen to each other. The technical part is the last and least difficult. My
experience has taught me that you have to approach the mission and vision of
the institute on a general level and listen to people on a personal
His role, he understood, was not dictated by
administrative efficiency, but by a modern overall vision for three particular
institutions. This was a great challenge, which was also a source of joy for
Pedro Ramirez, because it will lead to a just model of integration which will
ensure the long-term life of institutions which the world and the Church need.
According to the project, the two specialised
institutes will become academic units of the Gregorian University. The
Secretariat of State of the Vatican, under the aegis of Cardinal Pietro
Parolin, has taken the necessary steps with the Italian authorities so that, in
the context of the unification of the three current entities, their new status
will receive the same legal treatment as they have had separately. This process
was completed quickly and concluded on 4 September 2020. There is no longer any
doubt: the project is now moving forward at a fast pace.