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World Catholic Education Day

The different international organizations of Catholic education have agreed, at the proposal of Pope Francis and as another initiative for the development of a Global Educational Compact, to celebrate a World Day of Catholic Education. This year it takes place on May 13, and from next year it will be celebrated forty days after Easter.

Within this joyful Easter season, when the academic year in some countries begins to show its end, with all that it entails, and in others it is in full development, I want to share this news with everyone. It is good news the proposal of the different international Catholic teaching organizations to mark a day in the calendar to celebrate as World Catholic Education Day, which responds to the initiative and request of Pope Francis, in his interest for the Global Educational Compact.
It is good to underline the importance of education as a path of growth for the person and to make it clear that the adjective “catholic” that accompanies it recalls that the Gospel responds to all human aspirations.
This year it is celebrated on May 13, and it is not by chance that it has been chosen to celebrate it forty days before Easter, that is, on the liturgical feast of the Ascension, because it is the day on which the mission of Jesus the Master began to be the mission of his Church. “Go and make disciples…” (Mt. 28)
Beautiful festival that this year also coincides with the celebration of the Virgin of Fatima. Maria was an excellent educator.
Although for those of us who dedicate ourselves to education every day is our day, it is good that it sounds internationally, a day in which, together those who believe so, we manifest the conviction of this beautiful act of hope that is education.
Good celebration that ratifies the actuality of our charism.

A big hug

M. Montserrat Del Pozo