Educators form lives that are ready to face the future, pope says

Jenny Johns, first- and second-grade teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School in Green Bay, Wis., answers a question for first-grader Gwendolyn Danz Jan. 12. National Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 29-Feb. 4. - CNS photo | Sam Lucero, The Compass

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said.

Future generations who are “educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the many challenges of our times,” he said.

The pope made his remarks Feb. 9 to members of the Congregation for Catholic Education, who were meeting at the Vatican for their plenary assembly. The Vatican office oversees church-affiliated schools and colleges around the world.

Catholic schools and universities are important places for reflecting on and developing new ways to evangelize the world and today’s cultures, the pope said.

These institutions should serve the church’s mission of helping humanity grow, build a culture of dialogue and plant the seeds of hope, he said.
In fact, the pope said, true educators are just like mothers and fathers who give life open to the future.