Caritas says globalisation must include better deal for poor
Last week's 17th General Assembly of the Caritas international Catholic aid and development confederation concluded with a strong call on those driving globalisation to "work in solidarity with the poor".
The delegates' statement stressed the need for the local Caritas organisations to focus on a joint advocacy effort in order to maximise the power of their advocacy on behalf of the world's poor.
"In our work plan we will raise the voice of the poor at the international level and serve as a link between decision makers and the people affected by these decisions," said the statement.
"In our advocacy we will employ strategies that come from the direct experience of the poor."
The Assembly derived its inspiration from the Pope's apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, which urges a demonstration of "practical and concrete love for humanity".
Keynote speaker Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga SDB of Honduras said wealth and opportunity are falling into the hands of the few now more than ever before.
The Assembly devised a 2003-2007 Workplan designed to assist those living at the margin "to take their proper place in this new world".
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