Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.
According to The Irish Times, Pope Francis urged the Korean bishops to continue living out their ministry through tending to the needs of the young, particularly in matters of education. The Holy Father encouraged the bishops to be “concerned in a special way for the education of children… at every level, beginning with elementary schools… where children learn to be good Christians and upright citizens.”
“If the face of the Church is first and foremost a face of love, more and more young people will be drawn to the heart of Jesus,” the pope explained.
Back in Rome, Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former theology students. The students are part of the Schuelerkreis, a yearly gathering of Joseph Ratzinger’s former students in which a theological topic of interest is discussed. This year’s Schuelerkreis ran from August 21 to 24 and focused on the theology of the Cross, according to Vatican Radio.
Zenit reported that the retired pope’s homily at the concluding Mass drew much praise from his former students. To see the Pope Emeritus’s continued investment in his students, many of whom are now professors, they reportedly said, was an “extraordinary freshness and spiritual joy.”
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