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Pope encourages “A Chance in Life” to integrate environment in education

Pope Francis met with “A Chance in Life,” an organization founded by an Irish priest who helped Italian civilians during World War II. 

Msgr. John Patrick Carroll-Abbing brought food and medicine to civilians in battle-affected areas, organized evacuations and set up hospitals and clinics.

The organization now helps children and refugees in impoverished countries. Pope Francis responded by encouraging the integration of the environment in education.

“In creative fidelity to its original charism, the foundation is making an effort to be more incisive and effective in carrying out its mission in a world that presents ever new educational challenges. I am pleased to know that these efforts are inspired by the recommendations I made in the Encyclical Letter 'Laudato Si' in the name of an integral ecology aimed at the development of each individual and the world around us.”

Pope Francis encouraged active participation from everyone, including training new generations to help. To conclude the meeting, they all took a group photo.

Rachel Dobrzynski