Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

The right to life implies right to food, Pope says

Catholic World News - October 16, 2009

Access to food is "a concrete expression of the right to life," Pope Benedict XVI says in his annual message for World Food Day. The Pope goes on to say that this right, "though solemnly proclaimed, all too often fails to be fully implemented."

The Pope's message, addressed to Jacques Diouf, the director general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, acknowledges that the current worldwide economic crisis has a particularly damaging effect on agricultural production, especially in impoverished societies. He argues that providing adequate food for all of the world's people "calls for a modification in lifestyles and ways of thinking."

The Pope's indicates that the effort to increase agricultural production and distribution should "safeguard the values specific to the rural world and the fundamental rights of people who work the land." Moreover, he says that technical solutions should not be imposed on needy people, but should respect their rights and needs.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($16,162 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,838.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: peggyann - Oct. 17, 2009 12:43 PM ET USA

    I like this "guy," too. I'm sure he realizes that the powers that be are more concerned with reducing populations than they are with feeding the world's people. It's very, very sad, but without a Culture of Life, more and more will go hungry. Those in charge are becoming more and more self-serving and we need to storm heaven with our prayers if this is ever going to turn around. Lord have mercy.

  • Posted by: michaelrafferty5029 - Oct. 16, 2009 10:06 PM ET USA

    I'm starting to like this guy.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All 7 hours ago
Introducing the Church Fathers 22 hours ago
Straws in the Wind July 25
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Renewal that Matters July 25
Wrongheaded diocesan legal defenses in abuse cases July 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21