France    SOUTH AFRICAN BISHOP CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR
South African Bishop Kevin Dowling has argued that changing the status of the poor holds the key to global transformation.
   Dowling was among key speakers at a conference organised by Catholic NGOs at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Friday on the theme of the role of the poor.
   Dowling, a member of the committee spearheading the Jubilee 2000 coalition, highlighted the necessity for debt-cancellation for third world countries.
   As a way of drawing the world's attention to the effects of the strangling debt burden, Dowling said that in the post-apartheid era, a major challenge remains meet the aspirations of the people through economic transformation for the majority of blacks, which is still hounded by poverty.
   
Pan African News Agency
11/4/00

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