BENEDICT XVI: AUDIENCE, 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF LUMSA, "CHRISTIAN PRESENCE IN THE ACADEMIC WORLD"

Stressing the need for "a stronger commitment in the field of knowledge and education", the Pope observed that in the educational realm it is important to establish "links of thought" and "teach collaboration between different disciplines". "Deep changes are currently underway" and, therefore, it is all the more urgent and necessary to appeal to fundamental values and pass them on to young generations, as a fundamental patrimony". In this context, highlighted the Pontiff, "Catholic universities are called to play a key role –be faithful to their specific identity and strive to offer a quality service in the Church and in society". Recalling John Paul II’s constitution "Ex corde Ecclesiae", Benedict XVI reaffirmed that Catholic universities are called to "ensure, institutionally, a Christian presence in the academic world". In our complex social and cultural reality, universities "are called to take action following the Christian inspiration of individuals and of the university community as such; with the constant reflection of wisdom, illuminated by faith, and scientific research; with fidelity to the Christian message" and "with the institutional commitment at the service of the people of God and of the human family". (continued) ” ” ” “

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