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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Caritas: globalisation must benefit all to be successful
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 At the closing of their General Assembly, Caritas issued the following statement: As we conclude our 17th General Assembly, we look back on a week of solidarity, deliberation, dialogue, and sharing. We came together as members of an extended family, some of us meeting for the first time, but all of us sharing common roots in our Catholic identity and commitment to the social teachings of our Church. We end this General Assembly with a resounding call to bring social and economic justice to the world's marginalised by working in solidarity with the poor. Through advocacy, partnership, increased cooperation among members, and a renewed commitment to the Confederation, we leave the Vatican with a mandate to act not only on behalf of the poor, but to enable people to deal better with the forces that oppress them. We reaffirm the inviolable nature of human beings and that their value cannot be negotiated by market forces, and commit ourselves to work towards a society that includes the poor and those who have been left on the fringes of our increasingly globalised world. This is the meaning of globalising solidarity. In our work plan we will raise the voice of the poor at the international level and serve as a link between decision makers and the people affected by these decisions. In our advocacy we will employ strategies that come from the direct experience of the poor. In our dialogue we will focus on earth care and sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, peace and reconciliation, with special attention to conflict prevention. Globalising Solidarity was selected in response to an appeal by Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte calling for a commitment to demonstrate practical and concrete love for humanity. The needs of people in a globalised world, said Pope John Paul II, call for new creativity in charity to show solidarity with the poor and marginalised and give them hope for a better future. In his keynote address to the Assembly, His Eminence Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, spoke about how wealth and opportunity are falling into the hands of the few now more than ever before, and that we are in a world that continues to be sharply divided between those that can enjoy the opportunities globalisation brings, and those left on the margin. The 2003-2007 Workplan has been drafted to assist those people living at the margin to take their proper place in this new world. This week we have discussed the root causes of global poverty and its victims. In the core document of the General Assembly, an analysis of global trends showed how dehumanising poverty affects women disproportionately. We understand how important it is to stand up for women,s rights, and apply these principles in our own organisational structures. At the same time, we as a Confederation will apply our vision of globalising solidarity by strengthening partnership, focusing especially on member organisations with limited resources, dialogue and communication. In Ecclesia in Europa the Holy Father calls on us to become active partners in promoting and implementing a globalisation "in solidarity, accompanied by a globalisation "of solidarity and its related values of equity, justice and freedom." We have come together this week in solidarity -- not simply because we share these lofty ideals -- but because we share a common commitment to globalise our efforts to make a reality of these concepts that for many of our brothers and sisters around the world today are only dreams. Source: CAFOD
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