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Pope Francis recognizes the initiative of young people during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pope Francis recognizes the initiative of young people during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“I want to thank young people of Scholas for opening a space amid the confinement and death that this pandemic left us, a space for the encounter of life”

Pope Francis

During the meeting, The Pope seized the opportunity to explore the actions that Scholas Occurrentes has developed and plan for 2021.

Despite the uncertainty that the COVID-19 Pandemic brings to most of the world, Scholas remains committed to the Global Compact in education by creating new spaces for inter-faith, inter-cultural, and cross-generational gatherings through art, sports, and technology.

An example of this is the work carried on in places like Italy, where they worked with juvenile jails. Mexico launched the program “The New education in COVID-19 times, a conversation”, supported by the main actors of education in the world. In Argentina, the New Schools of the Beach and Sea and the work in the neighborhoods of “El impenetrable” Province of Chaco. Spain has created new projects on Global Citizenship and has expanded to other regions. The USA has expanded its network of Scholas Chairs, among other initiatives.

This message from The Holy Father to the young people of Scholas is part of a series of messages dedicated to youth in the framework of the 2021 Religious Education Congress organized by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from February 18 to 21, on the occasion of its 65th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of “Youth Day.”