Dear young people of F.U.C.I.! (Italian Catholic Federation of University students)
I was pleased to know that your federation is preparing to celebrate an Extraordinary National Congress in Arezzo to rediscover the prophetic figure of my venerable predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was your Assistant Central from 1925 to 1933, and whom I will have the joy of proclaiming Blessed 19 October 2014. By addressing to the participants and all members my affectionate greetings, I wish to assure you of my spiritual closeness and accompany the work that you carry out, with three words that can help you in your efforts.
1 The first word that I give you is “studium”. The essential part of university life lies in the study, hard and patient work of thinking that reveals a tension of human being towards the truth, goodness and beauty. Be aware to receive in the study, a fruitful opportunity to recognize and give voice to the deepest desires kept in your heart, and the ability to make them mature.
Environment, education, scientific research, role of the laity and women in the Church after the election of Pope Francesco are the themes of the traditional Theological Week of Meic in the Camaldoli Monastery, with the title. "The perennial vitality of Christian hope".
“In a deep crisis, not only economic, we as believers called to render account for our hope, we know that there is never time for resignation," said the national president of the Meic Carlo Cirotto. "In Camaldoli we shall start again from the foundaments of our hope and their historical implementation: as lay people have a duty to sharpen our view on the seeds of hope already present in the different realities of life in order to recognize and cultivate them. It is a task of Christians, and in particular of those who live an intellectual commitment, useful by both the ecclesial community and the civil society."
MEIC is a lay association founded in 1932 by Giovanni Battista Montini (future Paul VI) as Movimento Laureati di Azione Cattolica – Graduate Movement of Catholic Action. In 1980, after the Second Vatican Council, it renewed itself through the qualification and openness expressed with the new denomination: Movimento Ecclesiale di Impegno Culturale. The almost 80 years of the Movement represent an important part of the cultural and civil history of Italy.
Within the framework of Catholic Action, MEIC specifically addresses its proposal to those wishing to take part in its intellectual service by promoting meetings, discussions and confrontations with those who, although referring to different religious and cultural backgrounds, want to contribute to the progress of mankind and of the common good. This cultural work is expressed: