Vatican City, 07 October, 2021 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis on Thursday launched a degree course on ecology and the environment at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
The course of studies, called “Care of our common home and protection of creation,” was established in cooperation with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians.
A UNESCO Chair “On Futures of Education for Sustainability” was also inaugurated on Oct. 7.
In a letter to Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the university’s grand chancellor, Pope Francis said that a university education must “be able to respond to the numerous challenges currently posed to the whole of humanity and communities of believers, proposing a courageous coherent cultural drive and a scientifically valid project.”
Structures and enthusiasm are not enough to face the environmental crisis, he added, saying “solid preparation is needed.”