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Loyola University Chicago Building Bridges North-South
A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students
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Pope Francis

Dear brothers and sisters, may this Synod be a true season of the Spirit! For we need the Spirit, the ever-new breath of God, who sets us free from every form of self-absorption, revives what is moribund, loosens shackles, and spreads joy. Pope Francis (October 9, 2021)

Hosted by Loyola University Chicago, in partnership with the Holy See.

Building Bridges North-South

A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students

Loyola University Chicago reached out to the Head of Office of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Dr. Emilce Cuda, to lead a dialogue on the synodal process that Pope Francis has invited the Church to undertake. Upon our suggestion, Dr. Cuda invited Pope Francis to personally participate in this dialogue. We are proud and excited to say that he accepted this invitation!

 

On February 24, 2022, Loyola hosted this historic encounter between the Pope and university students from North, Central, and South America initiated a dialogue to address the salient challenges of our times. The Pope addressed these university students, who are themselves migrants and children of migrants. These students shared concrete educational projects that seek to justly transform environmental and economic realities and the manifold ways their educational commitments can contribute to integrate and empower existential peripheries.

Loyola students share their excitement to be a part of such a meaningful and historic conversation with Pope Francis.