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Pope Francis will paint with a revolutionary brush the new world dreamed of by the young people of Scholas Occurrentes

(ZENIT News / Rome, 07.31.2023).- During the activity, he will chat with the young  people and give the final touches to the 3km mural that the community has been working on.

Vatican City, 31 July 2023. The meeting will be the closing of the “Life between Worlds” project,  which consists of the creation of a mural that unites worlds. Old, young, rich, poor, children of  different religions and non-believers and young people of different nationalities participated in  this work of art. The final touch will be given by the Holy Father.

José María Del Corral, world president of the international movement Scholas Occurrentes, said:  “We are very grateful to Pope Francis and the organisers of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 for  the effort to come to visit us in Cascais and share with us this educational experience that is  changing our lives and that gives us back a Sense to stand up and keep fighting. Pope Francis’  visit to our headquarters is a recognition that Scholas has received for its commitment to quality  education, integration and the promotion of human values”.

The “Life Between Worlds” project seeks to embody the pedagogical vision of Pope Francis by  highlighting the importance of the “between”, where the encounter between people takes place,  between people and the world, between the world and life, where life regains its meaning.

This project involves the creation of a 3 km long mural born from interreligious, intergenerational  and intercultural encounters carried out in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to the Scholas  community in Cascais, Portugal.

The “Life Between Worlds” mural, created by the whole community, was born from the Scholas  Headquarters, where young people from different countries met to share their pains and dreams and created an immersive work of art, or rather, made the “classroom without walls” real. Over  the course of two weeks, the young people met and lived, as in each of the experiences that  were part of this project, Art, Play and Thought.

In the creation of the mural, 100 organisations from the community of Cascais, Portugal, more  than 2000 people participated, who in groups of 5 to 10 collectively created 300 murals that  were brought together in a single work.

Scholas Occurrentes is an International Educational Movement of Pontifical Right, created by decree of His Holiness, Pope Francis, present in the 5 continents and which through  its network integrates more than half a million schools and educational networks. Its mission is to respond to the call to create the Culture of Encounter, bringing young people  together in an education that generates Meaning.