Maria Montessori: ‘The child is the savior of humanity’
Fr. Giancarlo Pani SJ in the most recent La Civiltà Cattolica,
“On the occasion of the International Congress for the 150th anniversary of Maria Montessori’s birth, Pope Francis called her “one of the most eminent figures of the cultural scene of the 20th century, who left a profound mark on education and on society as a whole […] for the construction of a more fraternal and peaceful world. […] May this significant anniversary encourage generous dedication in favor of the new generations, to form people of solidarity, citizens of the world open to dialogue and acceptance.”
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Fr Giancarlo is the Deputy Director of Civiltà Cattolic and the Docent of Modern History of Christianity at “La Sapienza” of the University of Rome, serving on the faculty of Literature and Philosophy. He first met Sofia in 1971, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, in which she served as a guide. Father Giancarlo became a priest in 1974 and then, in 1976, began a collaboration with Sofia and Gianna at the atrium of Via degli Orsini in Rome. In addition to celebrating Mass throughout the atrium year, he heard the confessions of the children and assisted with the retreat and celebration of their First Communion.
Listen to CGSUSA Good Shepherd and the Child podcast: Season 1, Episode 32 – A Priest in the Atrium here.
Read Fr. Giancarlo’s previous article on The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd here.