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Friday, February 24, 2017
Bishops sign fair trade pledge
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¬†A dozen Catholic bishops are among the first to sign a pledge calling on the UK government to make world trade rules fairer. The bishops put their names to CAFOD's new Trade Justice campaign pledge, during the Low Week Conference held in Westminster last week. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, said that signing the pledge was crucial in the fight against poverty. The Cardinal said: "Rich countries ringfence their economies from imports from poor countries, but insist that poor countries open up their markets to foreign goods. The system that allows this is very unfair. The CAFOD Trade Justice Campaign is trying to make things much more equal. I am in favour of the campaign as an important effort to help poor countries get out of the cycle of poverty." The other signatories were Bishop Crispin Hollis of Portsmouth, Bishop David Konstant of Leeds, Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam, Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, Bishop Terry Brain of Salford, Rt Rev Mark Jabalť, Coadjutor Bishop of Menevia, Bishop Edwin Regan of Wrexham, Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham, Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood, Auxiliary Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue of Westminster, and Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool. Thousands of supporters will received the pledge card through the post, and cards are available through churches, schools, community groups and all CAFOD offices. CAFOD director Julian Filochowski said: "Unfair trade rules rob the Third World of US$700 billion a year. This is 14 times what developing countries receive in aid. By signing and posting this card to your MP - and asking others to do the same - you can be in at the start of something big - a global movement to reform world trade." For further copies of the card, visit the CAFOD website through our links pages.
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