Pope Addresses World Food Summit

Pope Benedict XVI today addressed the U.N.’s World Food Summit meeting in Rome. He echoed some of the statements he made about working to eliminate hunger and poverty in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate. Here is part of his powerful close to today’s remarks:

“Hunger is the most cruel and concrete sign of poverty. Opulence and waste are no longer acceptable when the tragedy of hunger is assuming ever greater proportions. … The Catholic Church will always be concerned for efforts to defeat hunger; the Church is committed to support, by word and deed, the action taken in solidarity – planned, responsible and regulated – to which all members of the international community are called to contribute. The Church does not wish to interfere in political decisions: she respects the knowledge gained through scientific study, and decisions arrived at through reason responsibly enlightened by authentically human values, and she supports the effort to eliminate hunger.

“This is the most immediate and concrete sign of solidarity inspired by charity, and it brooks neither delay nor compromise.”

Read the entire speech at the Vatican website.

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