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Ukrainian Priest Speaks on ‘Birth of Civil Society’ at Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville

Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio hosted a Ukrainian priest to speak about his country’s civil struggle for human dignity, according to the University.

Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk discussed the troubles in Ukraine and how the country is undergoing a “revolution of dignity.” The University reports:

Ukraine is on “pilgrimage from the empire of fear to the kingdom of dignity,” Father Sakvuk said, similar to the biblical flight from Egypt into the Promised Land.

“People are asking, ‘Why do we have to suffer? Why such oppression? Why so many deaths? Where was God?’” Father Sakvuk said. “I am saying to my students, ‘There is no resurrection without cross.’”

The country has fought to secure Western values since the outbreak of protests in November 2013, following former President Yanukovych’s refusal to strengthen ties with the European Union. Among those Western values, freedom is the most fundamental right of every human being, Father Sakvuk said.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.

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