Pope Urges Professors: Teach Love of Learning

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 3, 2011 (Zenit.org).- At the beginning of this university year, Benedict XVI is inviting professors to form young people in the truth and to transmit to them the knowledge that will enable them to make free choices.

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After praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered at midday Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father addressed the French-speaking faithful, inviting professors “to transmit love of learning and of the truth through teaching.”

“Knowledge is important, but even more so is the formation of the person, so that he is able to discern where truth is and thus make free decisions,” he said.

Addressing university professors, the Holy Father exhorted, “Educate young people also in authentic moral and spiritual values, which will help them to find meaning in their lives.”

Finally, Benedict XVI expressed his hope that in this month of October, the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, “will accompany all persons involved in formation and education.”

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