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Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

Scholas Education Project: Sharing information, knowledge and resources


As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio pushed for two educational programs that translate to: "Neighbors School” and "Sisters School.” Both of them were combined to make way for "Scholas” . It's a worldwide network of schools and educational centers promoted by Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"It's something similar to what we've seen. They are Pope Francis' ideas of helping the poorest of the poor. So children who are on the streets, on the sidewalks and who don't have a formation.”

Scholas' mission is to link schools and educational networks around the world. The first point is to improve education, especially in low-income communities. Sporting and artistic projects are also part of the program. 

Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"Schools help other schools, horizontally. So a school can see if another school has the same project and whether it has more knowledge on the subject. Then it helps the other school that does not have the resources. If they have money, they help with money, if they have educators, they help with information.” 

The project has many special donors, including soccer stars Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon. Both have supported Scholas since it came about in August 2013. 

To raise money, they organized the first Inter-religious Match for Peace, which will take place in Rome on September 1st. 

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