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Catholic Schools Must ‘Strengthen’ Identity and Support Evangelization, Says Vatican Cardinal

A new document entitled “Educating in intercultural dialogue in the Catholic school. Living together for a civili[z]ation of love” was announced today by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, according to the Vatican Information Service (VIS).

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the Congregation’s prefect, said in a press conference that the key word that draws together all the aspects of the document is “dialogue.” He stated:

Dialogue is fervently promoted by Pope Francis as the attitude with which the Church must face every situation in today's world. … And for the Catholic school to fulfil[l] a constructive role, it must not weaken its identity, but instead must strengthen it, and must certainly not allow its mission to be separated from evangeli[z]ation.

Describing Catholic schools’ identity as “based on Christ,” Cardinal Grocholewski further clarified what it means for Catholic schools to engage in “intercultural dialogue”:

The civili[z]ation of love, for Christians, does not mean a vague solidarity, but rather an expression of Christ's charity. This is the service through which Catholic schools, which always strive to join their work of education with the explicit proclamation of the Gospel, are a most valuable resource for the evangeli[z]ation of culture, even in those countries and cities where hostile situations challenge us to greater creativity in our search for suitable methods.

Citing data from UNICEF, Cardinal Grocholewski said that many children worldwide are still in need of schooling, and that education is “pivotal” in the “future of humanity, peace, sustainable development and the dignity of populations.”

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