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A global scandal

· Pope Francis denounces waste and the poor use of resources ·

It is a “global scandal” that one billion people still suffer from hunger, despite the fact that there is enough food to feed everyone on 

the planet. Pope Francis denounced this in his videomessage for the Caritas internationalis campaign: “One human family, food for all”. He called for assistance to this noble initiative and assured the campaign of his own full support. The Pontiff recalled the Gospel passage of the multiplication of loaves and fishes: a paradigmatic episode, in which Jesus, listening the cry of the hungry, called the disciples “to go and look for food”; and “with the grace of God”, he allowed them “to feed a multitude of people, even managing to collect what was left over and avoiding that it went to waste”.

For the Pope, this episode teaches us turn away from indifference in the face of hunger: “We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist”, he warned, pointing to a path of sharing. “if there is the will, what we have never ends”, the Bishop of Rome stated, urging us to respect and promote “the God-given rights of everyone to have access to adequate food”.

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