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Italian cardinal laments media’s silence about hunger

May 30, 2016

In a front-page editorial in the Vatican newspaper, an Italian cardinal reflected on a recent visit to Malawi and lamented the Western media’s silence about hunger.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti’s Archdiocese of Perugia has had a “relationship of solidarity” with the Diocese of Zomba, Malawi, for three decades.

Citing Mother Teresa and Pope Francis, the cardinal spoke of the “dramatic distance” between the Western world, with its “continuous proliferation of individual rights, sometimes confused with desires,” and African and Asian nations in which 800 million people suffer from hunger.

The prelate, who was born in 1942, recalled that some Italians suffered from extreme hunger at the end of the Second World War and said that “we cannot and must not forget that.”


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