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Irish bishops ask government to reach 0.7% aid target by 2010
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¬† The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr SeŠn Brady, with the Bishop of Clonfert, Dr John Kirby and Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, Dr Raymond Field, on Friday, launched: Towards the Global Common Good, a pastoral letter on international development on behalf of the bishops' conference. At the launch in the Mansion House, Dublin Archbishop Brady said, "The key message of this Bishops' Pastoral Letter is a call to persevere in our commitment to the good of one's neighbour with the readiness, in the Gospel sense, to "lose oneself" for the sake of the other', not only in personal but also in national and global terms. This, in turn, requires a spirit of cooperation and a willingness to sacrifice personal or national interest for the sake of the global common good. "We believe that the poorest nations of the world continue to look to Ireland to set the global standard for commitment to development aid. We also believe that there is substantial support among the Irish people for a compelling and world-leading target, which will express their commitment to a more just and compassionate world. We therefore appeal to the Government to further enhance its reputation, as a global leader in development aid, and to commit itself to reach the UN target of 0.7 per cent of GNP by the year 2010 at the latest." Chairman of Trůcaire Bishop John Kirby said: "Trůcaire, partly through our "Keep our Word" campaign, is calling on the Government and other leaders to make firm commitments next week at the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations to tackle poverty and promote peace, security and human rights. As Archbishop Brady has already stated, the Government should announce that it will reach the target of 0.7% of spending on overseas aid no later than 2010. "An Taoiseach has the chance next week to deliver a new commitment on behalf of the Irish people, a commitment that is realistic, achievable and morally required. That commitment would go a long way towards providing the international leadership necessary to change the global structures that ensure inequality and the continuation of the poverty trap for almost half of humanity. The Government must lead the way towards the global common good that is outlined in this pastoral letter," Bishop Kirby said. The Pastoral Letter Towards the Global Common Good is available at http://www.catholiccommunications.ie
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