Caritas to launch global wave of prayer to end hunger
5 Dec 2013 | Media release | Long-term Development | Supporter action
Caritas, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, will launch a global “wave of prayer” on 10 December.
The wave marks the beginning of an 18 month Caritas anti-hunger campaign, One Human Family, Food for all, backed by the whole Caritas confederation of over 160 member organisations. Caritas Internationalis, is one of the world’s largest humanitarian networks. The wave will begin close to home in the Pacific on the island of Samoa and sweep across the globe finishing in the Pacific.
It will involve Caritas organisations and supporters in Australia and across all continents from Asia to Africa, Europe to Latin America and beyond.
President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, said it was a scandal that nearly a billion people go hungry each day in a world that has the resources to feed everyone.
“There is enough food to feed the planet. We believe that with your help, we can end hunger by 2025,” Cardinal Rodríguez said.
“One of the worst sounds a parent can hear is their children crying at night, tormented by hunger. Many parents living in poverty hear this cry and yet they have no food to give them.
“But God always hears the cries of the poor and vulnerable.”
Pope Francis will also offer his blessing and support to the campaign in a five-minute video message on the day of the launch.
Caritas Australia, Acting CEO, Mark Green said that having governments guarantee the right to food in their national laws was an essential step in ensuring food for all.
“The right to food protects the right of all human beings to live in dignity, free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition,” Mr Green said.
“Hunger remains widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Southern Asia. In eastern Asia incomes have risen over the past decade but there are no signs of improvement in nourishment.
One of the examples of the work Caritas Australia is doing on food security is at Tutu Rural Training Centre in Taveuni, Fiji.
There local farmers are being taught how to use traditional and new methods of planting to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food.
“One of the most insidious effects of chronic hunger is the harm it does to growing children. Malnutrition in children is likely to result in stunted growth that can never be reversed. We must act now,” Mr Green said.
Beyond international advocacy to governments and the United Nations, the One Human Family, Food for all campaign, will see Caritas organisations adopting national goals aimed at improving food security.
There will also be an emphasis on personal change regarding food waste and attitudes towards how and what we eat.
For more information about the One Human Family, Food for All campaign visit www.caritas.org.au/act/food
Media contact: Angela Ford 0408 869 833 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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