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Pope urges "uncompromising" Catholic identity in church schools

Pope John Paul II has said that one of the greatest contributions the Church's schools can make to society is their "uncompromising Catholicity".

Addressing Indian bishops in Rome for their five-yearly ad limina visit, he said the "Catholic" stamp of identity means that the curriculum is "marked by participation in prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist and requires that all teachers are well-versed not only in their fields of study but also in the Catholic faith".

"Catholic schools must aim to create an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity striving to relate all human culture eventually to the news of salvation, so that the light of faith will illumine the knowledge which students gradually gain of the world, of life and of the human family," he said.

To achieve this, the Ppoe recommended placing "whenever possible, trained priests, religious and counsellors in every school.

"This will help to ensure that every department and activity joyfully exudes the spirit of Christ's Church," he said.


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