Italy's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Pope attends mass rally for Catholic schools

Share this article

Pope attends mass rally for Catholic schools
Photo: AFP
09:11 CEST+02:00
Pope Francis on Saturday attended a giant rally for children and teachers from Italy's Catholic schools, with the Vatican saying that 300,000 people turned out for the event in and around St Peter's Square.

Excited children threw baseball caps, kerchiefs and even a paper plane at the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff as he toured the Vatican piazza and the avenue leading to St Peter's Basilica on his white "popemobile".

"This is not a lament, it's a celebration for education! We know there are problems and things that don't work but you are here, we are here because we love school," the pontiff told the crowd.

Francis also shared a memory about his first teacher, adding: "We love school because it is synonymous with openness to reality, or at least it should be".

The event was organised by the Italian Bishops' Conference whose leader Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco pointed to "problems" and "difficulties" in Italy's education sector and said: "Sometimes it's a struggle to rekindle the hope of being able to teach".

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised to invest more in education after successive austerity budget cuts that have hit schools in recent years.

 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

This cloud-based agency takes remote working to the next level

Be honest, who hasn't dreamed of working remotely with all the perks of employment? If you've got the skills, you only need to look UP to make that dream a reality.