Pope urges Catholic Universities to focus on the human dimension
Pope Benedict greeted students and staff from the Catholic University of the Sacred
Heart on Saturday following the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by the
Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
his remarks to those gathered in the Paul the VI hall in the Vatican, the Holy Father
said that the times we live in are full of great and rapid changes, which he also
said were reflected in University life.
The Pope went on to say that humanities
subjects seem to be affected by “progressive deterioration” which in turn leads to
a reduction in the level of the human horizon.
Contemporary culture continued
the Pope Benedict, “then tends to confine religion out of rationality to the extent
that the empirical sciences monopolize territories.”
Underlining the 90th
Anniversary of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart’s founding, the Holy Father
said this institution of higher learning was at an historical turning point and he
stressed the need for it to reinforce its Catholic heritage, a heritage he added,
that was steeped in an authentic humanism.
The Catholic university, noted Pope
Benedict, “is called to be a place of excellence that has a openness to knowledge,
a passion for truth, and an interest in the history of man that characterizes authentic
In his concluding comments the Holy Father, said Catholic
university students were “living proof of a character of faith that changes lives
and saves the world”. Listen