In Thursday 15 October 2020 Pope Francis addressed the theme of education, which is central to his teaching and dialogue with the world.
The Pope's video message broadcasted during an event at the Pontifical Lateran University.

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Please send any reaction to the Holy Father's message, as well as any idea or proposal, to the Congregation for Catholic Education,
which is in charge of implementing the Pact, via this email address:

Global Compact on Education


The path to the Global Compact on Education

  1. 16 and 17 September 2019
    Pontifical Foundation Gravissimum Educationis

    "Democracy: an educational urgency in pluricultural and plurireligious contexts"

  2. 31 October 2019
    Pontifical Lateran University

    "Education, human rights, and peace. The instruments of international action and the role of religions"

  3. 14-16 January 2020
    Pontifical University Antonianum with the Seraphicum Theological Institute

    Nature and the Environment in the Compact on Education: Beauty Makes Man Good.

  4. 30-31 January and 1 February 2020
    LUMSA University with Alta Scuola EIS

    "Building Communities. The service learning proposal".

  5. 6-7 February 2020
    Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

    Workshop on “Education: The global Compact” – Casina Pio IV

  6. 22 February 2020
    Salesian Pontifical University with the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium" (Location: Città dei Ragazzi).

    "We are we share we care. Generations in dialogue for an educational alliance".

  7. 24 February 2020
    The Pontifical Gregorian University with the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)

    "When Religions Contribute to Education for a More Fraternal Humanity"

  8. 5 March 2020
    Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

    POSTPONED - III Interdisciplinary Day on "The family dimension of the school".

  9. 13 March 2020
    Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (in Brescia)

    Political and pedagogical sciences - "The educational challenges for international cooperation"

  10. 24 March 2020
    Città dei Ragazzi

    "Paths of citizenship. From exclusion to inclusion"

  11. Avril 2020
    United Arab Emirates

    Conference on the Abu Dhabi "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together" (3-5 February 2019).

  12. 6-7 April 2020
    Sophia University Institute (Loppiano - Fi)

    "Educational inPact. To open paths in a shared present"

  13. 22 April 2020
    Village for the Earth

    One People One Planet

    On Wednesday 22 April, together with its many courageous partners, the Villaggio per la Terra is transforming into a Multimedia Marathon called “One People One Planet”.
    #onepeopleoneplanet – #cosahoimparato

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  14. 15 October 2020
    Looking beyond

    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 (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.

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