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Pope Francis celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood with Scholas

Pope Francis celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood with Scholas

The 50 years of ordination as priest of Pope Francis, who was surrounded by young people from this foundation, from various parts of the world were celebrated at the new Scholas headquarters in the Holy See

Scholas brought together, in addition to young people, artists and athletes, a group of first ladies from Latin America and the Caribbean, who expressed their support for the experiences of the foundation

The moment in which the fifty years of priestly life of Pope Francis was celebrated with a cake

A day like this, on December 13, 1969, a then-unknown Jorge Bergoglio received the call of unity: he was ordained a priest; 50 years later, and now as Holy Father, Pope Francis has wanted to celebrate it by planting an olive tree of about 90 years, symbol of that unity, in the new Scholas headquarters in the Vatican, in the Palace of San Calixto, as he did years ago in Buenos Aires. With this gesture the Pope returns to its origin, a theme that has inspired this Friday’s meeting, returns to its roots to water them with unity.

And it is that the meeting, scheduled from three in the afternoon, local time, was attended by a large group of figures of the arts, sports, and social work, which highlighted the presence of young Scholas celebrating the First Intercultural Meeting of Young People in Rome, many of them from indigenous communities, and the presence of several first ladies from Latin America and the Caribbean, who had the opportunity to share their experiences, the first talking about love for the roots, mother earth, and them representing the mother, the woman who has made it possible for these young people to wait and share what they have lived.

An occasion without special doubt since, next to the olive tree, the other inspiring theme of the afternoon was the mythical figure of Telemachus, the son of Ulysses.

This figure symbolizes the youth of today, fatherless, but that, far from falling into narcissism or uprooting, is waiting for the father, crying out for a new order, a new culture.

The message of the recovery of the roots, strong as those of the olive tree; the message of the sun and mother earth as those who feed it, and that of Scholas as the space in which this meeting takes place, paid off this afternoon in the faces of the young people of Scholas.

Rebuild the global education pact, a call

During the meeting, Pope Francis also announced several projects and initiatives that the Scholas Foundation will develop next 2020, especially the call for the world event, scheduled for May 14, which Scholas will join and will have as its theme « Rebuild the global educational pact », with the aim of“ reviving the commitment for and with the young generations, renewing the passion for a more open and inclusive education, capable of patient listening, constructive dialogue, and mutual understanding ”.

About the visit of the first ladies to the Vatican

In total there were five first ladies from Latin America and the Caribbean, belonging to the Alliance of Spouses of Heads of State and Representatives, ALMA: Fabiola Yáñez, from Argentina, in their first official act; Kim Simplis Barrow of Belize; Michelle Bolsonaro, from Brazil; María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, from Colombia, and Silvana Abdo, from Paraguay, who leads this Latin American regional organization.

From left to right: José María del Corral, world director of Scholas; Stefania Gianini, Deputy Director General of Education of UNESCO; Michelle Bolsonaro, first lady of Brazil; Fabiola Yanez, First Lady of Argentina; Pope Francis; Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize; Silvana Abdo, first lady of Paraguay; María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, first lady of Colombia, and Enrique Palmeyro, world director of Scholas.

Precisely the morning of this Friday the 13th, this group of first ladies met with young participants of the aforementioned Intercultural Youth Meeting, which is held until Saturday, where 20 young people from Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Haiti, Mozambique, Morocco, Mexico, The United States, Israel, Italy, and Japan – from indigenous communities, from different religious backgrounds, and from very diverse social contexts – have gathered to share the richness of their cultures, religions, and realities in a new way of inhabiting the world to -from the encounter with the other- creating a new culture together.

Pope Francis had a few words for the first ladies who came to his call: “Only when I saw them did I think that, in moments of the history of my homeland, of independence, it was the women who wove, who wove heroic moments, Until battles. They had a vision. I dream of a united Latin America, each with its own identity, -because to unite it is not necessary to erase the identity, on the contrary- but united. And that, or do women or nobody does. “

The presence of Stefania Gianini, deputy general director of education of UNESCO, and Damares Alves, minister of women, family and human rights of Brazil was also highlighted.

“Rag Ball” initiative “round”

After Pope Francis, on his last visit to Mozambique in September, made an open invitation to think about a contest around the theme of the “rag ball” as a symbol of the humble virtues of sport, Scholas welcomed that initiative and wanted to join efforts to give the necessary boost. This is how, in partnership with the Milan Foundation and the Think Equal Foundation, they launched this Friday “Rag ball: educate for life”, an initiative that invites artists, athletes, thinkers, governments, institutions, entrepreneurs, academics and society civil to be part of this creation, to think the unthinkable: a new culture, an education for life.

This initiative is part of the alliance that these associations signed with Scholas in mid-2019, with the purpose of promoting quality education and promoting global citizenship through the promotion of sport values, working together with young people and children, in educational environments public, private, formal and informal. Paolo Scaroni and Zvonimir Boban, president and CEO of Milan, respectively, and Leslie Udwin founder and executive director of Think Equal, also made a presence this Friday at the Scholas headquarters in the Vatican.

Pope Francis, surrounded by young people from different countries of the world, celebrating his 50 years of priesthood in the new headquarters of Scholas in the Palace of Calixto, in Vatican City.

Education and Economics, Scholas in Assisi

In San Calixto, the Pope had the opportunity to connect through videoconference with several points of the world, with the headquarters of Scholas in Haiti – from where he was offered a musical recital, and his participants had the opportunity to give an account of some of the projects being undertaken in this country around recycling and art- and with what will be the new headquarters of Scholas in the United States, in Los Angeles.

Pope Francis, surrounded by young people from different countries of the world, celebrating his 50 years of priesthood in the new headquarters of Scholas in the Palace of Calixto, in Vatican City.

Pope Francis also connected by videoconference with the participants of the meeting “A new education for a new economy” who, from Assisi, closed this parallel activity, which was being developed from 12 to 13 in the Franciscanum Convent of that city.

Coordinated by the area of ​​Scholas Cátedras, this experience was intended to generate global awareness about the need to reimagine and redesign the new curricular contents and the new teaching methodologies through which economics and business in universities around the world are learned to the light of the encyclical letter Laudato Si ‘(which deals with the care of the “common house”) and the thinking of the young students, facing the international meeting “Economy of Francisco”, which will take place in the same city of Assisi, from March 26 to 28 next.

Economists from the Global Economic Transformation Commission (CGET) of the Institute of New Economic Thought (INET) and academics of the Scholas Chairs University Network were participating in this meeting on December 12 and 13 into account this new demand and channel it through their universities.

Young university students from different countries also participated actively, who have experienced situations of social exclusion such as poverty, hunger and lack of opportunities in their territories; with them in this meeting the shout of the youth of the peripheries of this world resounded, who ask to be heard by the Academy. This is the case of Celestino Titos Nazareto Chichongue, from Mozambique; Amine Dezzaz, from Morocco; Ingrid Gómez Neuque, from Colombia, and Juan Gerardo Talavera Cervantes, from Mexico, who will move from Assisi to meet personally with Pope Francis and give him the good news about the development of the meeting, material that will also be available to economists They will meet in Assisi in March next year.

The meeting in the Vatican culminated in a celebration around a simple cake for the 50 years priests of the Pope. An appointment was thus fulfilled in which important announcements were announced for the coming year, and that above all things, it represented a very special moment for Pope Francis, one afternoon during which he met the olive tree in Scholas again, With its roots, with its origin.