Educate young to care for others, for the earth, pope tells teachers

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July 8, 2015

A woman holds an image of Pope Francis and a rose as she waits for the start of the pope's meeting with representatives of schools and universities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito July 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-EDUCATION July 7, 2015

A woman holds an image of Pope Francis and a rose as she waits for the start of the pope’s meeting with representatives of schools and universities at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito July 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Education is a right and a privilege that should impart not only knowledge and skills, but also a sense of responsibility for others and for the earth, Pope Francis told representatives of Ecuadorean schools and universities.

“God gives us not only life, he gives us the earth, he gives us all of creation,” the pope told an estimated 5,000 educators and students gathered for an outdoor meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.

God created man and woman for each other and gave them huge potential, the pope said July 7, but he also gave them — and gives each person — a mission to be part of his creative work.

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