S. Calisto Palace, Occurring Scholas 05/11/2018 © Vatican Media

Fifty Years of Priesthood with Young People: New International Headquarters of Scholas Occurrentes

Opens on the Pope’s Anniversary

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On Friday, December 13, 2019, at 4:00 pm, Pope Francis will inaugurate the new Roman International Headquarters of the Pontifical Foundation for Education Scholas Occurrentes, stated a press release on Wednesday, December 11.

The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pope Francis’ priestly Ordination in the presence of young people, from different parts of the world, taking part in Scholas’ educational programs.

The Pope will be connected, by a videoconference, with the young people and the representatives of Scholas of Haiti and the United States. On this occasion, new social headquarters will be opened in the city of Los Angeles, California.

The event will also launch projects and initiatives that the Pontifical Foundation will carry out next year: among them, a global event scheduled for May 14, 2020, on the theme ”Reconstruct the Global Educational Pact,” carried out in collaboration with Scholas.

 Friday’s meeting will gather sport, art and business personalities, as well as young people taking part in educational programs, which the Foundation carries out throughout the world, particularly in Colombia, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, Mozambique, and Japan. New headquarters were opened in the latter last November 22.

In the course of the event, the new Scholas-Italy premises will be opened in the new International Headquarters of the Saint Callixtus Palace, and the Agreement renewed with the Ministry of Education, of the University and of Research will be announced.

The resumes of the meetings that Scholas has promoted these days at Assisi will also be presented, to reflect on the theme: ”A New Education for  A New Economy.”

Several First Ladies from South American will take part in the initiative of the Alliance of Spouses of Heads of State and Representatives (ALMA) to share with participants the inter-cultural experience of Sholas’ youth.

Under the impetus of Pope Francis, since 2013 Scholas Occurrents works, within the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, with children in difficulty, promoting educational strategies, enabling them to blossom through sport, art, and technology, in keeping with the principle of integral education, which integrates the mind (the head), action (the hands) and the heart.

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Marina Droujinina

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