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Top Latin American cardinal to give CAFOD lecture
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¬†Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Tegucigalpa in Honduras will deliver this year's Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture on 31 October in London for CAFOD. Cardinal Rodriguez is a leading light of the Catholic Church in Latin America. He was named the first Honduran cardinal in 2001. He was President of the Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) from 1995 to 1999 and chaired the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign in Latin America. The Cardinal has won high praise for his work with indigenous people, on environment and in reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Mitch. The Cardinal also served as the Vatican's spokesperson at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on the issue of Third World debt. CAFOD hosted a visit by the Cardinal to Britain in 1999, when he spoke passionately and eloquently about debt. CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: "We are delighted that he has agreed to return this year to deliver CAFOD's Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture. Cardinal Rodriguez is an outstanding champion for the poor throughout the world. The Cardinal has been an energetic exponent of Catholic Social Teaching and a courageous campaigner for the peoples of Latin America, for debt cancellation and for human rights." Cardinal Rodriguez is well known as an outspoken critic of unfettered free market economics and the price the poor are paying for globalisation. His speech is expected to focus on a call for a "globalisation of solidarity" to counteract the excesses of free market globalisation. In a speech to Caritas Internationalis members in July this year, Cardinal Rodriguez said globalisation is creating a world where the greediness of the few is leaving the majority on the margin of history. He said in that speech: "We cannot continue to be blind. We are not just heading towards the globalisation of markets, but also towards the globalisation of poverty, which means accepting that for the poor, hope has been put to death. Economic globalisation without the globalisation of solidarity is suicide for the poor and thus for the majority of humanity." The Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture takes place on 31st October 2003 at 7.15pm, at the Assembly Hall, Church House, Westminster. Baroness Shirley Williams will chair the evening. Tickets are priced at £3.50 for the lecture, and £7 for the lecture and drinks reception afterwards. As in previous years, great demand is expected for tickets, so they must be booked in advance by phone on 020 7326 5505, or by email at Previous lecturers include: Aung San Suu Kyi, Mary Robinson, Cardinal Evaristo Arns of Brazil, Jacques Delors, Jon Sobrino SJ, Archbishop Derek Worlock, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, Bryan Hehir SJ and Timothy Radcliffe OP.
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