BENEDICT XVI: TO CHILDREN, AT SCHOOL TO LEARN "EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR LIFE" AND "TO KNOW GOD"

Yesterday evening in the inner courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI received in audience the Paul VI Pontifical Primary School run by the "Maestre Pie Filippini", as reported today by the Holy See Press Office. The Holy Father recalled that "seventy-seven years have now passed since I began school. I lived in a small village of three hundred inhabitants, in an ‘almost forgotten’ place; yet we learned the essential things. Most importantly, we learned to read and write", continued the Pope. "I think it is a great thing to be able to read and write, because in this way we can know other people’s ideas, read newspapers and books. We can also know what was written two thousand or more years ago; we can know the spiritual continents of the world and communicate with one another". "Above all – highlighted the Pontiff – there is one extraordinary thing: God wrote a book, He spoke to us human beings, finding people to write the book containing the Word of God. Reading that book, we can read what God says to us". The Holy Father finally pointed out that at school you should "learn everything you need for life". You should also "learn to know God, to know Jesus and thus learn how to live well".

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