There's not been much coverage of this in the English-speaking press and the blogsphere, but it will be fascinating to see what kind of reception he will receive at the secular Sapienza University when he gives an address at the inauguration of the academic year. Leftist elements have been making rather childish noises about the Pope being 'opposed to science' and 'against the university' - ironic when you consider the Holy Father's great interest in academia, the university and human reason.
There's a gallery of photographs from the university on the website of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. You'll see that the leftists have organised an 'Anti-clerical Week' and have adorned a statue of Minerva with a poster which reads (in part) Knowledge needs neither Fathers nor Priests.
This photo from the Corriere della Sera is another gem.
Fra Giordano [Bruno] was burned,
We will resist the Papacy.
17 January - Anti-Clerical Day, 12 Noon, Aldo Moro Square.
To do science is not a crime
Secular-Self determining Knowledge
That's what passes for intelligent discourse in some quarters, friends.