Pope Francis’ Advice for College Students

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 4. (CNS photo/Gaby Maniscalco)

Francis to Freshmen -This Pope has a reputation for saying surprising things. Remember when he found common ground between Christians and atheists? Then there was the time he told a newly-married graduate student not to worry “if the dishes fly.” Sometimes his advice is like talking to your favorite grandpa and other times he really rocks the boat. We’ve been offering advice to college freshmen for more than a decade, so as our new edition of The Freshman Survival Guide hits the shelves we wondered if any of the Holy Father’s advice applies to new college students. Not surprisingly, the answer is a big fat YES. Even though he jokes that he’s “from the stone age,” his advice to young people is surprisingly relevant. Here are seven tips from Pope Francis for those beginning the college journey.

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