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World Day of the Poor message 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 novembre 2020

By Msgr Pierre Cibambo, Caritas Internationalis ecclesiastical advisor. The message this year is: “Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 7:32).” This is an appropriate call for all of us in a year when many of us have closed ourselves away from the world to protect ourselves from the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of the enormous global challenges of 2020, Caritas has shown that love does not go on lockdown and close itself away from the poor and vulnerable at their time of great need. The mission of Caritas to listen and accompany is powered forward by our many volunteers and staff who give themselves selflessly to building a better world. Our Popes have reminded us that “Caritas is at the heart of the Church” and the World Day of the Poor is a moment to remember and deepen our dedication to placing the poor at the centre, to raising them up and to ensuring their voices are heard. Our mission is to “ensure that people living in poverty are active participants in building an inclusive and equitable society, a transformative Caritas and a welcoming Church.” But what does this mean for each and every one of us as part of the Caritas family? The answers are not always easy, but require an attitude which embodies humble listening and solidarity. Let us not forget that this special day in honour of our brothers and sisters in need is named “World Day OF the Poor” and not “World Day FOR the Poor”. We are not only sharing part of our wealth with the poor, we are also receiving something from them. In a true Christian community, there are no members who are just giving, and others who are just receiving. There are only neighbours who share because in Christ we are all one. The hand we outstretch to the poor, is not only a hand that distributes but also a hand in need. We need the poor as much as they need us. They challenge us to become increasingly truer witnesses of Christ. When we encounter the poor, listen to them and accompany them, it is they who evangelise us. The poor invite us to open our hearts and to transform our narrow, worldly view to see Christ in their presence here on earth.“We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.” Evangelii Gaudium. Caritas Internationalis president, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has said, “The big lesson of my life as a pastor has been to go towards the poor, not bearing words, but with a heart ready to listen to and learn from them. Before saying even one single word, it’s important to understand the person who is in front of you. By respectfully listening to the poor, you affirm their dignity.” As the World Day of the Poor approaches, wherever possible and appropriate, we invite you all to take action to prepare for the celebration of this day.We encourage you, friends around the world, to reflect on what we have learnt from the poor on a personal and community level and ensure they are at the centre of our thoughts and actions on that day.A hand held out is a sign; a sign that immediately speaks of closeness, solidarity and love. On the World Day of the Poor, together, we will reach out our hands as one human family in global solidarity to build inclusive and equitable societies and a transformative and welcoming Church.

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2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

human-growth-developmentPersistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik. Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the Report provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, the latest estimates of the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur. “By addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable,” stated UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today. The 2014 Human Development Report comes at a critical time, as attention turns to the creation of a new development agenda following the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The Report holds that as crises spread ever faster and further, it is critical to understand vulnerability in order to secure gains and sustain progress. It points to a slowdown in human development growth across all regions, as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI). It notes that threats such as financial crises, fluctuations in food prices, natural disasters and violent conflict significantly impede progress. “Reducing both poverty and people’s vulnerability to falling into poverty must be a central objective of the post-2015 agenda,” the Report states. “Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about ‘getting to zero’; it is also about staying there.” “Reducing vulnerability is a key ingredient in any agenda for improving human development,” writes Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, in a contribution to the Report. “[We] need to approach it from a broad systemic perspective.”
The 2014 Report takes such an approach, using a human development lens to take a fresh look at vulnerability as an overlapping and mutually reinforcing set of risks. It explores structural vulnerabilities – those that have persisted and compounded over time as a result of discrimination and institutional failings, hurting groups such as the poor, women, migrants, people living with disabilities, indigenous groups and older people. For instance, 80 percent of the world’s elderly lack social protection, with large numbers of older people also poor and disabled. The Report also introduces the idea of life cycle vulnerabilities, the sensitive points in life where shocks can have greater impact. They include the first 1,000 days of life, and the transitions from school to work, and from work to retirement. “Capabilities accumulate over an individual’s lifetime and have to be nurtured and maintained; otherwise they can stagnate and even decline,” it warns. “Life capabilities are affected by investments made in preceding stages of life, and there can be long-term consequences of exposure to short-term shocks.” For example, in one study cited by the Report, poor children in Ecuador were shown to be already at a vocabulary disadvantage by the age of six. Timely interventions-such as investments in early childhood development-are therefore critical, the Report states.

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Work with the poor at General Assembly

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 Maggio 2011

Caritas Internationalis members from across the world will send representatives to their 19th General Assembly in Rome at the end of May to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the confederation. Over 300 delegates will also agree on plans to strengthen their service working alongside and on behalf of the poor. Caritas Internationalis was founded in 1951 by 13 Catholic charities to better coordinate the Church’s humanitarian work. They received support from Msgr Giovanni Battista Montini, who would become Pope Paul VI in 1963. The Caritas confederation has since grown to 165 members comprising the humanitarian relief and social development arms of national bishops conferences worldwide. Caritas members support millions of poor people in improving their own lives with international programmes ranging from disaster risk reduction, relief and reconstruction, peacebuilding and reconciliation, climate mitigation and food security, primary health care and education. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said, “Caritas Internationalis is immensely privileged to be at the heart of the Church and her life-giving cycle of love. We are celebrating 60 years of responding through our faith with practical action to human suffering in an unjust world. The General Assembly comes at an important moment for Caritas Internationalis. The confederation’s Statutes and Rules are in the process of being renewed with the Holy See. Caritas members at the General Assembly will hear from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB, the Secretary of State to the Holy See and Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum on Sunday 22 May. Caritas delegates will elect the Caritas Internationalis president, treasurer and secretary-general for the next four years and representatives for its board and executive committees.

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Stand Up for the Poor

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 ottobre 2010

Yesterday in New York City, the Book Industry Environment Council (BIEC) and the Green Press Initiative are partnering with environmental activist organizations to sponsor a symposium for book publishers and paper printers to discuss the latest information concerning Indonesian pulp and paper. While the stated goal of the forum is “to ensure that book papers are not negatively impacting Indonesia’s critical rainforests and the communities that depend on them,” Andrew Langer, spokesman for the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) and president of the Institute for Liberty, strongly urges attendees to remember the economic and social importance of industries like pulp and paper for Indonesian families.

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Asia’s poor

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 novembre 2009

“Misguided campaigns by the Melbourne Zoo, celebrities and activists lack understanding of why forest and orang-utans are being lost. It isn’t palm oil it’s poverty”, said Tim Wilson, Director of the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, Australia today. Mr Wilson’s comments follow the release of Palming off livelihoods?, that analyses anti-palm oil campaigns and finds that poverty is the root cause of deforestation and orang-utan population loss. Palming off livelihoods?: The misguided campaign against palm oil is the first research paper of the IPA’s Sustainable Development campaign and can be found at http://www.sustainabledev.org. Palming off livelihoods? has been released in the lead up to this week’s Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Conference in Malaysia to reinforce the importance of poverty alleviation to reduce environmental degradation. “The evidence is clear that if you want to reduce environmental degradation the best option is poverty reduction by giving allowing people, especially in poor rural communities, a sustainable livelihood”.  “Sustainable development is delivered through environmental, social and economically sustainable policy solutions, not cutting off people’s livelihoods”. “Millions of people are trapped in poverty in Asia, and they’re trying to improve their economic wellbeing, especially in rural communities through farming. Palm oil is grown because it is an efficient, high-yield, in-demand agriculture commodity that poor farmers can grow to lift themselves out of poverty”.  “Palm oil is in high demand around the world, including in other poor countries. Reduced consumption in developed countries will only lead to increased availability and consumption in the developing world, but poor farmers will simply get a smaller return”.  “If palm oil is blocked other lower yield seeds will simply be produced, and they’ll take up more land to produce less”. “If developed world activists want to attack the cause of deforestation and the loss of orang-utan populations they should attack poverty, not its solution – sustainable development”, Mr Wilson said.

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Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. Group show

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 giugno 2009

poor oldLondon until 23/8/2009 ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts  The Mall Curated by Mark Sladen Exhibiting artists: Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Anna Barham, Matthew Brannon, Henri Chopin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alasdair Gray, Philip Guston, David Hockney, Karl Holmqvist, Dom Sylvester Houe’dard, Janice Kerbel, Christopher Knowles, Ferdinand Kriwet, Liliane Lijn, Robert Smithson, Frances Stark and Sue Tompkins. Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. takes an expansive look at text-based art practices, inspired by the concrete poetry movement of the 60s which explored both the literary and graphic potential of language.  The Scottish artist and writer Ian Hamilton Finlay was an important promoter of concrete poetry in Britain, and our exhibition takes its title from the periodical that he ran from 1962 to 1968. Other figures here linked with concrete poetry include Henri Chopin, Liliane Lijn, Dom Sylvester Houe’dard and Ferdinand Kriwet.  Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. allows the viewer to look afresh at a range of other text-based practices that originated in the 60s and 70s. Robert Smithson and Carl Andre are best known for their contributions to minimalist sculpture, and Vito Acconci for his performance work, but here they are represented by poetic and expressive works on paper. The exhibition also includes poems illuminated by Philip Guston and Alasdair Gray, typewriter works by outsider artist Christopher Knowles and a set of etchings by David Hockney inspired by Greek poet CP Cavafy.  Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. concludes with the work of a number of younger artists. Sue Tompkins, Janice Kerbel and Anna Barham are all represented by text-based pieces, including a film by Barham in which letters are assembled and disassembled by hand. Other artists explore the combination of text and image, including Matthew Brannon and Frances Stark, while Karl Holmqvist is represented by a wall of xeroxed poems and images from his Oneloveworld book. galleries: free: Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. is curated by Mark Sladen, ICA director of exhibitions. It is accompanied by issue two of Roland, the magazine of the ICA’s visual art programme.  Events to accompany Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.: lectures, discussions, an evening of experimental poetry and Liliane Lijn’s Power Game. (poor old)

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