Jesuit Father James McCann has been named Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute by Pope Benedict XVI. Father McCann will assume his duties in Rome in September of 2010. His academic and ecclesial administration coupled with his expertise in Eastern churches and society (the focus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute) makes this appointment easy to understand why he's a good choice. He'll be fresh air to the Oriental Institute like his immediate predecessor did prior to be named an archbishop-secretary for the Vatican office for Eastern churches last year.
The Pontifical Oriental Institute was founded by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 as a center for higher studies in Eastern Christianity.
Read Father McCann's bio here: New PIO Rector.pdf