Vatican – Pope Francis to religious: "Be an essential part of the global educational pact"

16 November 2020
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(ANS - Vatican City) - In his message to the Seminar promoted by the Union of General Superiors and the International Union of General Superiors on the challenge of "rebuilding the global educational pact", held online from 12 to 14 November, the Holy Father thanks the avant-garde work in the field of education carried out by consecrated persons in the world, and, in history, as they do today with “so much commitment and enthusiasm”.

Recalling the commitments of the Global Educational Pact he himself proposed, the Pontiff invites the religious to enter into three lines of concrete action: "focusing, welcoming and involving".

Focusing, understood as centering on the person, in "his value, his dignity, to make his own specificity", in such a way as to make young people grow and mature in the "skills and resources necessary to build together a future of justice and peace".

For this reason, welcoming becomes "listening to each other, to the recipients of our service: children and young people" in need, making them "listen to other types of sounds, which are not simply those of our educational circle" to prevent them from "closing in their own self-referentiality" and will make them "open to the cry that springs from every human being and from creation". The objective is "to encourage our children and young people to learn to relate, to work as a group, to have an empathetic attitude that rejects the culture of discarding", "to safeguard our common home", "by adopting more sober lifestyles", "in compliance with the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity and the circular economy."

"Involving and getting involved," says Pope Francis, presupposes that everyone be "actively engaged in this educational work" so the young achieve "a critical eye, able to understand the problems in the field of economics, politics, growth and progress, and to propose solutions that are truly at the service of man and the whole human family in the perspective of a comprehensive ecology."

Pope Francis concludes his message by inviting all religious to be "an essential part of the global educational pact" in this historical moment of consecrated life in the educational field.

The complete message sent by the Holy Father to the participants in the digital seminar is available at the bottom of the page in English, Spanish, Italian and French.


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