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On “Religions and Education: Towards a Global Compact on Education”

Head, hands, heart and soul: pathways of integral formation

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08 October 2021
At the end of his discourse to representatives of various religions on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, instituted by unesco , Pope Francis wished to state that “our religious traditions, which have always played a leading role in schooling, from teaching literacy to higher education, reaffirm their mission of integrally educating each individual: head, hands, heart and soul, in a word, in all his or her beauty”. Few and simple words to recall that the person, every person has a beauty that is great and in some way “sacred” and untouchable that should be safeguarded integrally, and is made of the union of head, hands, heart and soul. In this historical period, marked by the disintegration of knowledge and at the same time of the “liquidity” of personal and social bonds, the Pope underscores that the education of children and young ...

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