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Brussels, February 27, 2020 (Global Compact on Education / Vatican News). On May 14, 2020, Pope Francis has invited to Rome everyone who cares about the education of the young generation to sign a global pact and create a global change of mentality through education.
Proponents of the main religions, spokespeople of international organizations and various humanitarian institutions, of the academic, economic, political and cultural world are all invited to gather in the Vatican on May 14, 2020.
Together, they will sign the “Global Compact on Education”, a global educational pact aiming to educate young people to the fraternity, learning to overcome divisions and conflicts, promoting hospitality, justice and peace.
In the lead-up and following the event, which takes place on the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Sì’, a series of thematic seminars and workshops have been organized relating to human rights, peacebuilding, and interreligious dialogue.
The Pope issued the invitation in a message in September 2019, in which he said: “Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism, to restore the fabric of relationships for the sake of a more fraternal humanity.”
The Holy Father has instructed the Congregation for Catholic Education to appeal to those who care about the education.
The Congregation is the Ministry of the Holy See to which refer 216 thousand Catholic schools, attended by over 60 million pupils and 1,750 Catholic universities, with over 11 million students.