Pope Francis blesses first stone of new Campus Veritati

Papa Francisco na UCP

Pope Francis blessed, on August 3, the first stone of the Campus Veritati of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), at its headquarters in Lisbon, which will begin construction in 2023 and will be located on the north side of the current campus.

During the Holy Father's visit, the Rector emphasized how "the launch of the new Campus Veritati of the Portuguese Catholic University, whose first stone Your Holiness will bless, expands the welcoming space of our campus, open to the world, to listening and to hope."

The project of the new campus includes the new facilities of the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE), which will be renamed the José Manuel de Mello Building, as a result of a donation of 12 million euros from the José de Mello Group and the José de Mello family, decided in December 2020, in the context of the historical connection to the academic environment and, in particular, to the UCP.

The Veritati Campus will also comprise the Innovation Center - E-Lab, a Multifunctional Conference Center, an auditorium with capacity for 800 people and the new facilities of the Rectory.