Cardinal Peter Turkson

Catholic universities educating for political engagement

by Vatican Radio  |  published on January 9, 2014


Among its many tasks, the Catholic university must work to form its students as political workers for the common good through the promotion of research, social outreach and teaching, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace spoke on the mission of Catholic universities in the education of Catholics engaged in politics at the national Conference of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines, held in Davao City on Thursday.

Research, he said, should be dedicated to the solutions of problems that threaten human co-existence and the common good. Social outreach should begin in the local community and extend globally. And instruction, he said, should first and foremost focus on critical thinking skills and an understanding on how to move from theory to practice.

The three-day conference, which ends on Saturday, was organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris.

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