Whoever Invests in Man Never Loses, Pope Tells Foundation

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 23, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Pope today encouraged the members of the John Paul II Foundation, which he himself created 20 years ago, to invest in man and in human development.

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The foundation offers scholarships to students of Eastern European countries and former Soviet Republics.

More than 170 students, who attended the foundation´s center in Lublin, Poland, have completed their studies and now promote science and culture, “based on the solid foundation of perennial values,” the Pontiff said.

During the audience with 500 members of the foundation, the Holy Father told them that he has personally met an additional 145 youths who are studying at the center.

“How important this initiative is!” John Paul II said. “Whoever invests in man, in his total development, never loses. The fruits of this investment never perish.”

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