5 March 2024

Yesterday, our Prior Mauritius Wilde OSB was honored to accompany his confrere, Fr. Anselm Grün OSB, to a private audience with Pope Francis. The Holy Father thanked Fr. Anselm for his work as an author, and said to him, in Italian, “Lei è un monaco che non ha paura”, which means, in English, “You are a monk who is not afraid”.

Father Anselm, a monk of Abtei Münsterschwarzach in Germany, studied at the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo from 1967-1971. His moderators were Father Magnus Löhrer OSB and Father Basil Studer OSB.

The total number of copies of Fr. Anselm’s books is 20 million. They have been translated into more than 30 languages. For 11 years, from 1999 until 2010, Fr. Mauritius was his publisher at the publishing house of Münsterschwarzach, Vier-Türme-Verlag.

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