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G20 Summit on CNS

Catholic News Service reporting today on the G20 Summit:

“….With latest estimates showing 1 billion people around the world suffering from hunger as a result of the global economic recession, religious leaders believe that, by gathering together to speak for the world’s poor, they can impact those decisions,” CNS’ Patricia Bartos writes.

“Most people in high levels of government “really do want to do the right thing for the poor. They really do have a moral compass,” said Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace, at a press conference in Pittsburgh Sept. 23″

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One Response to “G20 Summit on CNS”

  1. Brenda Brinkley Says:

    It was nice you recently acknowledged Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution that lifted millions of people, mostly in Asia, out of hunger through the production of high-yield varieties of wheat to commemorate this year’s World Food Day…but that’s just a first step…

    We as Catholics need to catch up with the rest of the world and step up our own efforts to stamp out world hunger…Most Catholics
    don’t realize that it takes 60 times the amount of grain it would take to feed several people per year, to feed one cow.

    My friend who is a priest, said that slaughterhouses are the closest thing he’s seen to mortal sin. The conditions for the animals are abominable.
    The animals fear for their lives, and when we ingest them, we ingest their fear…

    It is possible to gain all the nutrients we need be eating vegetarian and refraining from slaughtering animals…which also contributes to desertification, climate change and global warming. Much of the cattle that is raised in South America is done so at the expense of the Amazon Rainforest, which has fallen victim to slash and burn tactics of cattle ranchers. I would feel better about giving more often to CRS if I knew they were educating Catholics on how their diet impacts world hunger and negative weather patters.
    Meat is no longer an option…try going vegetarian…it’s healthier…

    [Editor’s note: Brenda, here’s a couple Catholic sites that touch on your concerns: Catholics Confront Global Poverty and Catholic Climate Covenant.]

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