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“Poverty isn’t inevitable”, says Vatican Official


Coincident with the significant effort being made by the Catholic community in Australia this week to raise attention to the issue of poverty, the Vatican has been making similar strong comments at a meeting of the International Labor Conference in Geneva this week. Quoting Pope John Paul II's encyclical "Centesimus Annus", Bishop Giampaolo Crepaldi, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told the 91st International Labor Conference that we need to "abandon the mentality that considers the poor – people and nations – as a burden".

He said, "poverty is no longer a matter of fate". To free humankind from it "is an ethical imperative that imposes itself on humanity's conscience."

Reminding his audience of the international community's 2015 goal of reducing by half the number of people living in abject poverty, the bishop insisted on the need to "respect the promises made to the poor."

Otherwise, there will be a "dramatic increase in their sufferings due to loss of confidence, with the final result of the fall of all hope," he said.

SOURCE – FULL STORY:
Zenit

SEE ALSO:
St VdeP Submission to Senate Inquiry into Poverty and Hardship
Catholic Welfare Submission to Senate Inquiry

18 Jun 2003