HistoryThroughout its millennial history, the Church has made an outstanding contribution to the culture, education and development of the peoples who have come into contact with Christianity.
To the new challenges of the modern world, the Church responded with the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which from 1962 to 1966 brought together bishops from around the world. They reaffirmed the need for the Church to lead its ministry in all fields of education, with conviction and competence. In this context, the conciliar document Gravissimum Educationis was issued, on Christian education for the schools and universities.
“All men of every race, condition and age, since they enjoy the dignity of a human being, have an inalienable right to an education that is in keeping with their ultimate goal, their ability, their sex, and the culture and tradition of their country, and also in harmony with their fraternal association with other peoples in the fostering of true unity and peace on earth.”
(Ec. Counc. Vat. II, Decl. Gravissimum Educationis, 1)
To revitalize this teaching, updating it to today's challenges, the Holy Father Francis and the Congregation for Catholic Education created the Gravissimum Educationis Foundation.