Pope Francis together with Scholas Global Directors meets Hebrew University leaders to sign an agreement for a program called “Culture of Encounter through Education”

 

Pope Francis said: “Religion can bring us together and teach us to create the bonds of friendship. With the intuition of Scholas and the intelligence and history of the Hebrew University, I am sure that this will produce great changes in the world.”

 

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Left to right: Scholas Secretary and Global Director, Enrique Palmeyro; Truman Institute Executive Director, Naama Shpeter; Scholas President, José María del Corral; Pope Francis; President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson; Truman Institute Academic Director, Prof. Menahem Blondheim; and Hebrew University Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, Ambassador Yossi Gal.

 

His Holiness Pope Francis, in his residence Santa Marta, along with Scholas President, José María del Corral and Scholas Secretary and Global Director, Enrique Palmeyro, received Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the heads of Hebrew University’s Truman Institute. During the meeting an agreement was signed between the Hebrew University and Scholas to hold a conference and a program with Pope Francis’ support in Jerusalem later this year that will promote civic opportunities and dialogue for peace among young people from the Middle East and around the world.

The international conference hosted by the Pontifical Scholas Occurentes Chairs and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University will take place in summer, and bring together youth, educators and academics to Jerusalem under the banner of “The Culture of Encounter Through Education.” The conference will be developed by Scholas Occurentes and the Truman Institute.

Representatives of prestigious international academic institutions from different parts of the world, as well as organizations dealing with social issues and researchers from around the world will join the young participants at the Hebrew University to discuss the promotion of peace and a better future, and the role of academia in social action.

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Pope Francis receives the agreement signed between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Scholas. Pictured to his left: President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson.