Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Monday, October 4th.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also attended the official signing ceremony of the call for religious leaders titled “Faith and Science: Towards COP26” held in the Vatican with Pope Francis.
Following the ceremony, brief speeches were made by the Pope, the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as representatives of the main religious communities, the Youth and the political, diplomatic and academic fields.
In the afternoon, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the meeting held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences under the scientific responsibility of Professor Jeffrey Sachs and spoke about the poverty in the world at the “Science and Ethics Project for Happiness” meeting.
Later, the Ecumenical Patriarch attended the dinner in honor of the Greek Ambassador to the Vatican, Panagiotis Kalogeropoulos, with Orthodox and Roman Catholic guests.
“Education of the new generation is the most difficult problem for societies to solve”
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis attended a meeting to discuss the role of Religion in Education on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Tuesday, October 5th.
The Ecumenical Patriarch and Pope, together with the authorized representative of UNESCO, met with representatives of all invited Churches and Religious Communities.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in his speech, emphasized that the quality of a society’s visions is evaluated by how it evaluates and organizes the education of the new generation, and emphasized that the right teacher is the greatest asset of education and said:
“Education of the new generation is one of the most difficult problems that societies have to solve. In our time, new challenges are being added to the essentially complex task of education, linked to the signs of time. The rapid development of science and technology, the widespread of information and the internet, the phenomenon of globalization and the omnipotence of economic criteria, secularization, socio-political developments, multiculturalism and pluralism, cultural diversity, fundamentalism, etc. It is this area that is fundamental to society and culture. Valuable traditions are being shaken, human freedom is misunderstood as the “art of avoiding commitments,” individualism and legalism are spreading around the world. In this way, it becomes very difficult to preserve the human aspect of education and the pedagogical character of the school.
The existence of religious education in the field of education and its proper arrangement are of vital importance for the future of humanity. Peace takes on a special importance. They are ready to participate in the construction of a world of peace, where people will see their brother, not the enemy, before their fellows.”
In the evening of the same day, the Ecumenical Patriarch attended the dinner given in honor of Turkey’s Vatican Ambassador Lütfullah Göktaş.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew meets with Archbishop of Canterbury
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Wednesday (October 6th).
The Ecumenical Patriarch then attended the opening meeting of the annual interfaith conference of the Sant’Egidio Society at the La Nuvola Center in Rome, where he spoke in Italian before a large audience. (orthodoxtimes.com)