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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 22:48

Catholic Religious urge Tony Abbott to heed Pope Francis’ advice to the G20

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Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150Pope Francis has written to our Prime Minister on the eve of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the world’s twenty largest economies. In his letter, he says:

I would ask the G20 Heads of State and Government not to forget that many lives are at stake behind these political and technical discussions, and it would indeed be regrettable if such discussions were to remain purely on the level of declarations of principle. Throughout the world, there are far too many women and men suffering from severe malnutrition, a rise in the number of the unemployed… and an increase in social exclusion… In addition, there are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy.

“This is our request to the G20 Heads of State and Government”, said CRA President Sr Berneice Loch rsm. “Indeed, it is our prayer!”

“With Francis, we say yes to ‘taking responsibility for the poor and the marginalized, ensuring they are an essential element of any political decision’. With Francis, we say no to ‘a mindset in which individuals are ultimately discarded’ for this will never achieve peace or justice.”

“Francis notes that ‘throughout the world there are far too many women and men suffering from severe malnutrition, a rise in the number of the unemployed and an increase in social exclusion… There are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy’.”

Sr Berneice said that the hopes expressed by Pope Francis are the hopes and prayer of Catholic Religious, “We, too, hope that a substantial and productive consensus can be achieved that will take into account real improvements in the living conditions of poorer families, that will reduce all forms of unacceptable inequality, that will support victims of the crises especially refugees, and that will include the vital issues of decent work for all and climate change”.

12 November 2014

(Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is the peak body for leaders of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life resident in Australia. Our membership comprises more than 180 congregations of over 8,000 Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests living and working in all states and territories.)

Read the full text of the Letter from Pope Francis to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the occasion of the G20 Summit.

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