Work of Catholic Publishing Houses Encouraged

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2004 ( John Paul II expressed the Church’s appreciation for Christian publishers, especially those that specialize in school books, when he received representatives of the 100-year-old La Scuola Publishing House.

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When meeting today with 45 members of this publishing group, one of the main school-book publishers in Italy, the Pope recalled that among the founders of this initiative, which arose in Brescia, was Pope Paul VI’s father.

John Paul II also recalled the difficulties the publishing house faced during World War II, when it was bombed, and how it was possible to “begin again with the help of so many generous persons.”

“La Scuola,” the Pope added, “was conceived as a means to ensure Christian inspiration in Italian schools. A difficult enterprise considering the orientation of not a small part of the present culture.”

“The Church,” he said, “has much confidence in you when it comes to updating the proposals of the scholastic formation of the new generations. In communion with your bishop and in cordial dialogue with the Italian Catholic community, continue to spread hope, remaining faithful to the ideals of your founders.”

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