CAFOD director Chris Bain endorses religious orders' lobby of parliament
10 May 2013
CAFOD director Chris Bain has made a personal appeal ahead of a mass lobby of parliament next Wednesday 15 May. If you are a Catholic or Anglican member or lay associate of a Religious order - or a minister or priest from any denomination, this is your chance to make your voice heard. Join hundreds of members of religious orders, priests and lay associates preparing to meet their MPs to push for action on global hunger as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.
The monks and nuns, many of whom have lived and worked in developing countries, will raise with politicians the reasons why one in eight people worldwide go hungry, and challenge them to take action.
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The lobby comes in the lead-up to the G8 summit which is held in the UK only once every eight years.
Sister Pat Robb CJ, one of the lobby’s organisers, said, “I believe that we are given gifts by God to share, not to use selfishly for ourselves. It’s an appalling scandal that there’s so much hunger in the world. I’ve worked as a nurse in refugee camps and have seen many children with malnutrition and adults dying from starvation.
“Big demonstrations, like the religious lobby and the rally planned for 8 June, make the government acknowledge that people from all backgrounds have a voice, that they’re prepared to take part and that the world is watching. We hope and pray that our politicians will not just listen to us, but will act to defend the poorest and most vulnerable in our world. As long as one person is still hungry, our work is not over.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has also added his support to the IF campaign.
He said: “Many decades ago, hundreds of thousands of British people joined the anti-Apartheid campaign. The same campaigners came together after Apartheid was dismantled to demand the cancellation of developing countries’ debt, and again in 2005 to demand poverty was consigned to history.
“The Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign knows that - to tackle the root causes of hunger - aid alone will never be enough; we have to knock down the Jericho Walls of the global systems that are keeping people poor.”
If you are a Catholic or Anglican member or lay associate of a Religious order - or a minister or priest from any denomination, this is your chance to make your voice heard. Join the lobby>>