Pope Benedict XVI, on Sunday, lamented increasing global hunger saying “hundreds of millions of people particularly children worldwide are hungry.”
The Catholic Pontiff described it as “a scandal, which must be combated by changes in consumption and fairer distribution of resources.”
Speaking from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Benedict said that more than 800 million people are undernourished and many of them including children die from hunger.
To underscore the urgency required to address the growing emergency, the papacy called for “efforts to eliminate the structural causes tied to the system of governing the world’s economy, which earmarks most of the planet’s resources to a minority of the earth’s population.”
Describing it as “injustice,” the Pope said “to make an impact on a large scale, it is necessary to convert the model of global development.”
Urging everyone to face the problem, he said “every person and every family can and must do something to alleviate hunger in the world, adopting a style of life and consumption compatible with safe guarding creation.”
“Not just the scandal of hunger demands it, but also the environmental and energy crises,” he insisted.
I myself am not a religious man. (See: A Monopoly On Philanthropy.) Nonetheless, I appreciate the Pope’s concerns and directives. Although the religious community already helps with this struggle, I hope the Pope’s proclamations help enliven the struggle to end world hunger and poverty.
What do you think?