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Pope Establishes Foundation for Catholic Education

Says Church Recognizes ‘Extreme Importance’ of Education

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Pope Francis has instituted the Foundation Gravissimum Educationis by a chirograph bearing today’s date. In the text, the Holy Father expresses his gratitude to the Congregation for Catholic Education for the initiatives organised to commemorate the 50th year since the declaration “Gravissimum educationis” on Christian education, promulgated by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council on 28 October 1965.

In the document, he expresses his satisfaction that the dicastery “wishes to constitute on this occasion a Foundation entitled Gravissimum Educationis, with the aim of pursuing ‘scientific and cultural ends, intended to promote Catholic education in the world.’”

“The Church recognises the ‘extreme importance of education in the life of man and how its influence ever grows in the social progress of this age,'” he said.

The Pope goes on to institute as public canonical and civil juridical entities the Foundation Gravissimum Educationis, whose premises will be located in Vatican City and which will be subject to current canon law, current civil law in Vatican City, and its statutes.

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