· Papal Audience with the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel ·
Appeal to the international community for the Sahel threatened by famines, draughts and desertification
While Africa is often described “in a belittling and humiliating way as the continent of infinite and insoluble wars and problems” on the contrary it “is the continent of the future”. Benedict XVI underlined this in his Address to the members of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, received in audience this morning, Friday, 10 February. Thus the Pontiff addressed an appeal to the international community “to take serious action to relieve the extreme poverty” of these peoples of the region, where the conditions for life are deteriorating further due to the reduction of food resources and by a famine, caused by the shortage of rain and the resulting relentless encroachment of the desert. The Pope also encouraged support of the ecclesial bodies working in this field because, he explained that “charity must motivate all our actions”. In this Address Benedict XVI concluded by referring to the presence of Islam in various countries of the Sahel. “I know that you have good relations with the Muslims,” he said, “and I rejoice in this”.
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