Vatican.- The Pope meets today with 71 young people from 42 countries of different social, economic and religious origin


The Pope will meet this Thursday, November 25, with 71 young people from 42 countries between 16 and 27 years old, from various social and economic backgrounds, among whom there will be refugees, students from prestigious universities, but also some who have been excluded from the educational system.

The event has been organized by the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, a worldwide network of teaching institutes, created from a program of neighborhood schools in Buenos Aires when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was its archbishop, which today is present in 190 countries and integrates almost 500,000 schools around the world. The meeting will take place at 4.30 pm in the Pontifical Collegio Internazionale Maria Mater Ecclesiae in Rome.

71 young people from 42 countries on 5 continents will participate: Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Ecuador, Haiti, Indonesia, Italy, Iraq, Liberia, India, Guatemala, Egypt, Ecuador, Japan , Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Nigeria, Uruguay, Rwanda, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

Young people belong to diverse cultures. They are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, or agnostic. According to the organizers, at the meeting “there will be an opportunity for dialogue with the Holy Father about the world they imagine and the steps they will take when they return to their countries.”

Fifty of these young people will begin a year of human and political formation inspired by the encyclical ‘Fratelli Tutti’ with the aim of jointly creating a renewed look that proposes new paradigms from the social and existential peripheries. Among those present, there will be specialists on the new challenges of digital politics, direct democracy, new economies, the impact of cryptocurrencies, and the challenge of connecting virtuality with reality.

The conclusions of the meeting will be delivered to the Minister of Education of Italy, Patricio Bianchi, and the world directors of Scholas, José María del Corral and Enrique Palmeyro for their later publication.

The Scholas Occurrentes Foundation is an organization of pontifical law, a rank that implies the support of the Holy See, ensures the integration of all students in the world through technological, sports and artistic proposals that promote education from the culture of the encounter .

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