December 4, 2012. (Romereports.com) It's part of a tradition. Every year, the Pope meets with university students in Rome, most of whom are seminarians, priests and religious who attend pontifical universities. This year the Pope talked about serving not only the Church, but society.
“You are living a period in which you should prepare for the big decisions of your life, in the service of the Church and society. Here today, you can see that you are not alone: You are with your teachers, chaplains, residence managers. And you are with the Pope!”
To actually enroll in a pontifical university isn't easy or cheap. It's often challenging for bishops to gather enough tuition money for priests, seminarians, religious and lay people to attend these schools. It's estimated that tuition and living expenses costs an average of at least $16,000 a year.
So, to help out, there are foundations that offset the price tag of religious studies, so that the future protagonists of the Church can have a complete formation in Rome.