Bono cheers papal program for "inclusivity," educating girls

  • Bono Vox, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox asks a question during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox asks a question during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox asks a question during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox asks a question during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox, right, and Pope Francis attend the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox, right, and Pope Francis attend the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox attends the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox attends the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, center, flanked by Bono Vox, left, speaks to Pope Francis during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, center, flanked by Bono Vox, left, speaks to Pope Francis during the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, third from left, flanked by Bono Vox, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, third from left, flanked by Bono Vox, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox, left, Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox, left, Scholas Occurrentes' President Jose Maria Del Corral, second from left, and Pope Francis attend with students from different countries the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for, schools of meeting) international educational movement at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

  • Bono Vox arrives for the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

    Bono Vox arrives for the launch of the 'Scholas Occurrentes' (Latin for schools of meeting) international educational movement by Pope Francis at the pontifical Urbaniana University, in Rome, Thursday, May 19, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/19/2022 2:25 PM

VATICAN CITY -- U2 frontman Bono hailed Pope Francis for promoting 'œinclusivity' on Thursday as he met with the pontiff in Rome alongside students attending an educational program launched by the pope.

Francis has promoted the Scholas Occurrentes (Schools of Meeting) program since he was archbishop in Buenos Aires and recently upgraded its status in the church to make it a private association of the faithful.

 

Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, praised the pope for creating the program and its emphasis on the education of girls.

'œGirls' education was a superpower. It is a superpower in fighting extreme poverty,' Bono said.

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