Churches and religions in Ukraine working to protect Creation

By Svitlana Dukhovych
Vatican News
September 7, 2021

For the second year in a row, the Catholic University of Lviv, Ukraine, has organized an Ecumenical Social Week, taking its cue from Pope Francis’ Laudato si’. Following last year’s edition dedicated to “Hearing the Cry of the Earth. Integral Ecology in Action,” the university’s Institute of Ecumenical Studies has chosen for this year’s event the theme “Promoting the Common Good: Toward Sustainable Development.” Work will begin on October 5, 2021.

For centuries called the “breadbasket of Europe” thanks to its fertile soil, Ukraine is potentially a very rich country. The Ukrainians are a people who know how to hope and fight for their dreams.

Despite the economic and social problems and the conflict in the East of the country, they believe they will be able to take their destiny into their own hands, developing their full potential, preserving the beauty of nature and ensuring the fair and sustainable use of natural resources.  

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