POPE OF ROME CALLS FOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC ‘CONVERSION’
Sunday was Thanksgiving Day in Italy, also held in the wake of the recent announcement of 800 million people suffering malnutrition. The official Vatican report on Benedict XVI’s “Angelus” address includes the following:
How, the Pope asked, “can we face this situation which, though repeatedly denounced, shows no sign of improving, indeed, in some ways is getting worse? It is certainly necessary to eliminate the structural causes linked to the system of managing the world economy, which restricts the majority of the planet’s resources to a minority of the population. This injustice has been stigmatized on a number of occasions by my venerated predecessors, Servants of God Paul VI and John Paul II. In order to make a significant impression, it is necessary to ‘convert’ the global development model. It is not only the scandal of hunger that demands as much, but also the emergence of problems associated with the environment and energy. All the same, individuals and families can and must do something to alleviate hunger in the world by adopting a style of life and consumption compatible with the safeguarding of creation,” and showing “justice towards those who cultivate the land in all countries” of the world.