Faith leaders to attend UK's biggest-ever event to end child poverty

 Bishop John Hine, Chair of the Catholic Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life in England and Wales, will join other faith leaders for what is billed as the UK's biggest ever event to end child poverty.

This Saturday, 4 October, the 120 organisations, faith groups and charities that make up the End Child Poverty coalition will come together in central London to remind the Government of its pledge to halve child poverty by 2010 and end it by 2020.

Bishop Hine, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, said: "It may seem inopportune, in the middle of a financial crisis, to raise the issue of child poverty. But in fact it becomes more important than ever. If managing family income is going to be more difficult for the average family home, how impossible is it going to become for those who, in terms of income, are at the bottom of the pile? We may have to tighten our belts for a time, but we must give priority to children whose homes have absolutely no belt-tightening potential."

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: "We must remember that poverty exists in our midst and, following Christ's example, it is our duty to care for our neighbour. Just as we seek to end extreme poverty across the world, so we should remember our commitment to end child poverty in the UK. I encourage you all to support the Keep the Promise rally on 4 October."

The day will begin with an ecumenical service for children and families and supporters at 11.30am at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. Following the service there will be a march led by children, and families, accompanied by bands, into Trafalgar Square. for a rally.

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