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Pope underlines value of Catholic schools in India

September 08, 2011

Meeting on September 8 with a group of bishops from India, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the contributions that the Church has made to society in that country, especially through Catholic schools.

The Pope took note of all the social services the Church provides in India, including medical facilities and services to those in need. But he dedicated his remarks especially to the “efforts made by the whole Christian community to prepare the young citizens of your noble country to build a more just and prosperous society.”

Pope Benedict encouraged the Indian bishops, who were completing their ad limina vists, to make special efforts to ensure that Catholic schools provide sound instruction in the faith. Toward that end, he said:

The capacity to present the truth gently but firmly is a gift to be nurtured especially among those who teach in Catholic institutes of higher education and those who are charged with the ecclesial task of educating seminarians, religious or the lay faithful, whether in theology, catechetical studies or Christian spirituality.


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