Pope Francis asks netizens to paint hands for peace


Pope Francis has encouraged millions of Twitter users to join the initiative of promoting peace through simple gestures.

“I invite you to lend a hand to Scholas for peace,” the pope said in a video message.

The project, which the pontiff has launched through the Scholas Educational Foundation, is campaigning on all Twitter users to paint their hands, take photos of it, and share the picture to the micro-blogging site with the hashtag ‪#‎YourHandForPeace‬.

According to the organizers, the initiative entails inspiring other persons to work towards the attainment of peace by connecting with other people from other parts of the world.

Over six million students have joined Scholas, which also hosts a social networking site wherein students of different backgrounds can share projects aimed at producing better communities.

Last September, Francis hosted a live video chat with Scholas members from Australia, Cameron, Israel, Turkey and South Africa; encouraging students of different cultures to communicate openly with each other.

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“We are not going to change the world if we do not change education,” the 79-year-old Church leader said when the network was launched; adding that changing education also requires a major commitment from everyone.

Those who are interested to support Scholas may visit their website atwww.scholasoccurrentes.org to learn more about their projects such as Scholas.Labs, Scholas.Social, and Scholas.Citizenship.