Five Tips from Pope Francis to educate with Hope

“The man cannot live without hope and education generates hope. Indeed, education is giving birth, growing up, it is part of a dynamic of bringing to life”, said Pope Francis when he received the participants of the Plenary Session of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Room Clementina of the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican on February, 9th.

Some tips on how Catholic education has to be:

1.Loving and attentive educators. “I’m convinced that today’s young people need above all this life that builds the future.” Therefore, he noted that “the true educator is like a father and a mother who transmit a life with a future… To have this pulse it is necessary to hear young people: the work of listening… To listen to the young ”

2. Education teaches to have hope in the “subject” of risk.”Hope is not a superficial optimism, nor the ability to look at things with benevolence, but above all it is knowing to take the right risks, the right way, exactly like education”.

3. To humanise education.”Catholic schools and Universities give a great contribution to the mission of the Church when they are at the service of the growth in humanity, dialogue and hope”. “They are a privileged place to think and develop the evangelising efforts”.
The pope draws attention to “Catholic schools” for their “valuable contribution to the evangelisation of culture” and the “creativity” in countries and cities where there is a “bad situation”. “Humanising education” face to “an intrusive individualism, which makes humanly poor and culturally sterile”.

4. To grow the culture of dialogue. The “Church, as a mother, educator, always looks at the younger generation in the perspective of “formation of the human person “.
The Pontiff invited to work for an education that will help “grow the culture of dialogue”.
“Our world has become a global village with multiple processes of interaction
where every person belongs to humanity and shares the hope of a better future
with the whole family of nations”, he added.
At the same time, he regretted that “unfortunately, there are many forms of violence,
poverty, exploitation, discrimination, marginalisation, restrictive approaches of fundamental freedom
that create a culture of rejection. ”
In this context, he urged Catholic educational institutions to be at the forefront in
“practising the grammar of dialogue” and “promoting cultural and religious diversity …”.

5. To seek the truth. Francisco has asked the Catholic and pontifical universities to teach “a method of intellectual dialogue aimed at finding the truth.”
“St. Thomas was and remains a master of this method, which involves taking seriously the other person, the speaker, trying to get to the substance of his reasons, his objections, to respond in a non-superficial way, but appropriate. Only then we really move forward together in the knowledge of the truth. “

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