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Monday, October 24, 2016
Missionary order appeals to G8
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¬†The Xaverian missionaries have issued an eight-point statement on behalf of the world's poor, to the G8, gathering in Genoa this Friday. From the meeting their General Chapter in Guadalajara, Mexico, they write: "In these last years we have been witnesses to the inhumane situations in which many populations are forced to live: the growing exploitation of child labour and disregard of women's rights. We have seen the pillaging of basic resources, the deterioration of the environment, the uncontrollable spread of fatal diseases and epidemics, the growing division between the few that live in luxury and many that do not even have enough to live. We have watched the proliferation of illegal arms trafficking, violations of freedom of religious expression, massacres and forced migrations. "We have suffered with the people ≠ we have fled, hidden and sought refuge with these people. Many of us have been abducted, wounded or even killed with them. At times, with five loaves of bread and two fish, the few resources left, we were able to revive the great wonders of one time, those described in the Gospel of Luke (9,12-17). Because much can be done if the little is shared; while the accumulated abundance is never enough". In their statement to the G8 the missionaries call for: an alternative market system assuring more accessibility to products from the south, and guarantees a fair price for the goods; the cancellation of the foreign debt of poor nations; easier access for poor countries to medicines and essential health services, and an end to illegal arms trafficking. The Xaverians also propose a drastic reduction of the arms budgets, call for respect of accords and international conventions such as the Ottawa treaty against the use of anti-personnel landmines.
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