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Poverty can be defeated, Vatican envoy tells UN

Catholic World News - October 22, 2010

The Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York has argued poverty can be eliminated if nations find the political will for the task.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, speaking at a UN session on the eradication of poverty, said that it is an “insult” to human dignity when people today lack adequate food, water, shelter, and clothing at a time when there is so much wealth. The drive to satisfy these material needs, he said, “should not be considered as an act of charity but rather as an obligation of the international community.”

The archbishop observed that the lack of human needs is not the only sort of poverty in the world today. Citing the words of Pope Benedict XVI, he pointed out that even in economically advanced societies there are people who suffer a different sort of “born from isolation, from not being loved or from difficulties in being able to love.”

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