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Pope affirms educational mission of Christian Brothers

On the eve of their 29th General Chapter, Pope John Paul II has told the Christian Brothers that the educational mission entrusted to them is "more important than ever".

In his message, John Paul II reviewed the history of the Congregation, stressing the strong spirituality and the sense of mission of the founder, Edmund Rice.

"The flame of faith lit by your Founder burns brightly still," said the Holy Father. "It is now your task to ensure that this fire on the earth is as creative now as it was in the past."

He said: "At a time when many cultures are experiencing a crisis in communicating religious and moral values to the young, the educational mission entrusted to you is more important than ever."

The Pope told the brother that they have "always been excellent teachers".

"Now you must be still more renowned for your courageous and joyful witness to Christ before the young," he said.

Text of Papal Address to Christian Brothers (22/3/02)
General Chapter, Congregation of Christian Brothers, Rome 2002

Vidimus Dominum

25 Mar 2002