Pope: Despite Strained Economy, Remember the Poor
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 21, 2008 (www.Zenit.org) - Benedict XVI is urging leaders to fight against extreme poverty, even if it means greater sacrifice as many countries face economic difficulties.
The Pope made this appeal today after he prayed the midday Angelus with crowds gathered at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
"This Thursday, Sept. 25, there will be a high level meeting, in the context of the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations, to verify the accomplishment of the objectives established by the 'Millennium Declaration' of Sept. 8, 2000," the Holy Father noted.
"On the occasion of this important gathering, in which the leaders of all the countries of the world will be together," he continued, "I would like to renew the invitation to take up and apply with courage the necessary measures to eliminate extreme poverty, hunger and lack of education and the scourge of the pandemics that harm the most vulnerable above all."
The Pontiff assured that "such a commitment, while demanding sacrifices in these moments of worldwide economic difficulties, will not be without important benefits for the development of nations who are in need of help and for the peace and well-being of the entire planet."