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Prego, Giovanni!

lajolo_01.jpgOne face missing  from the Mungret Reunion, featured in last week’s AMDG Express, was Giovanni Lajolo, who attended the college from 1950-51. On one occasion his noisy misbehaviour in Latin class prompted his teacher, Dick Cremins SJ, to exclaim “Prego, Giovanni!” in his best Tuscan accent. The mild rebuke so astonished the boy that from then on his behaviour was exemplary, so much so that he went on to become a Cardinal (the second from Mungret, after Tadg Manning), and now Giovanni is the Cardinal  President of the Governorate of Vatican City State.