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Pope decries 'global scandal' of hunger, supports Caritas International campaign

December 10, 2013

Describing world hunger as a “global scandal,” Pope Francis threw his full support behind a worldwide campaign by Caritas International to end hunger.

In a video message supporting the campaign, the Pope pointed out that 1 billion people suffer from hunger. “We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist,” he said. The Pope continued:

The food available in the world is enough to feed everyone. The parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fish teaches us exactly this: that if there is the will, what we have never ends. On the contrary, it abounds and does not get wasted.

Pope Francis made a plea “from the bottom of my heart” for support for Caritas International and its affiliates in the campaign against hunger. The campaign, under the theme “One Human Family, Food for All,” involves more than 100 Caritas affiliates.

The Caritas campaign began on December 10 with a “wave of prayer,” in which supporters all around the globe were asked to pray at noon, local time.


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