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Vatican charity agency announces campaign to end world hunger

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Pope Francis and Vatican officials announced today that Caritas International, the Vatican's official arm of major international charity work, is launching a worldwide campaign to end hunger, declaring that access to food is a basic human right, especially when there is enough food grown to feed the entire world. The campaign will use the slogan "one human family, food for all."

“I am happy to announce to you the launch of a campaign against global hunger by our very own ‘Caritas Internationalis’ and to tell you that I intend to give my full support,” Pope Francis said in a video message recorded for a Caritas press conference earlier today in Rome. Caritas officials said that the initiative is based on a human right to have adequate food in order that they might live a life with human dignity. "When we live as one human family, there is food for all. "Hunger comes as a lack of human solidarity," and from a lack of acting as brothers and sisters," Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said in a statement released while he was en route to the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela. "The campaign is for food nutrition and food security, not against the hungry: let us eliminate hunger, not the hungry."

“When the Apostles said to Jesus that the people who had come to listen to his words were hungry, He invited them to go and look for food,” Pope Francis reflected in his message, “being poor themselves, all they found were five loaves and two fish, with the grace of God, they managed to feed a multitude of people, even managing to collect what was left over and avoiding that it went to waste.”

“We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion – one billion people who still suffer from hunger today,” the Pontiff said, “we cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist.”

“Let us pray that the Lord gives us the grace to envisage a world in which no one must ever again die of hunger.”

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