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Computer Science as an aid to Theology?

A group of theologians and computer scientists are collaborating on a mammoth project to translate a new index of the works of St Thomas Aquinas into more contemporary language. The Pope met with them on Saturday and praised the endeavour. The scholars have just completed a 56-volume index of the complete works of Aquinas. They are about to embark on a ten-year project to translate the entire index into contemporary language to make this major figure in Church thinking accessible to modern readers.

Pope John Paul saluted the members of the Association for Computerizing the Heremeneutical and Lexicological Studies on St. Thomas Aquinas, and told them their work helped foster understanding of the great theologian who "continues to be a luminous figure in research and the love of truth." The works of St. Thomas, he said, "synthesize 40 centuries of Mediterranean culture."