15 October 2020
On Thursday 15 October 2020 at 2.30 p.m. (Rome) Pope Francis will once again address the theme of education, which is central to his teaching and dialogue with the world. He will do so with a video message, which is both a summary - of what was suggested on the theme during his pontificate - and a programme: because, as Francis has repeatedly said, "to educate is an act of hope". At the end of the Message, Pope Francis will suggest that all people of good will join the Global Compact on Education, a pact to encourage change on a global scale, so that education may become a creator of fraternity, peace, and justice. An even more urgent need in this time scarred by the pandemic.
The Pope's video message will be broadcast during an event at the Pontifical Lateran University, promoted by the Congregation for Catholic Education, specifically dedicated to the academic world and all the stakeholders of education, which can be followed live online on the portal and Youtube channels of Vatican News www.vaticannews.va (simultaneous translation into English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese will be available) and through Vatican Media distribution channels.
The words of the Holy Father will be echoed remotely by the Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay - also with a video message - and, at the Pontifical University, by representatives of the Congregation for Catholic Education: Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi and Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani. Together with them, the rector of the Lateran University, Prof. Vincenzo Buonomo, and the rector of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Prof. Franco Anelli, as well as sociologist Silvia Cataldi, professor at "La Sapienza" University in Rome, will take the floor. The Pope's video message will also be commented by young students, who are the main recipients of the Holy Father's Message. The event will be introduced and moderated by Alessandro Gisotti, Vice Director of the Editorial Directorate of the Dicastery for Communication.