"Pointing at the Christ who lives in our time and in our history": this is, according to the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, card. Zenon Grocholewski, what the Catholic schools have to do. In the homily, which was relayed today by L’Osservatore Romano, of the Mass celebrated for the Congress named "The Catholic school in the European public space", which ended in Rome today, promoted by the Council of European Bishops Conferences (Ccee), the cardinal said that, "nowadays, our schooling institutions are often the only place where many people can hear about Christ, where they can meet Him in culture, in art, in literature, in the great things that the Gospel has produced in Europe". And, because of this, to the young people who experience difficulties and sufferings when confronted by the ordeals of life, "Catholic schools and education must speak of Christ, so they feel the need to meet Him". A mission, this one, "that is dictated by the secularisation of societies in the European continent". Statistics from the auxiliary bishop of Vrhbosn (Sarajevo), mgr. Pero Sudar, show that three years ago 7,514,365 students were enrolled in the 30,754 schools of the continent. Today, they have dropped to 7,317,843, with 3,378,378 of them studying in France and Spain. Catholic schools in the former Communist European countries are attended by just 196,522 students. ” “

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