Do not be indifferent to famine: Pope

2011-07-31 16:06

Castel Gandolfo - Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the world not to be "indifferent" to famine, as some 12 million people in the Horn of Africa face starvation amid the worst drought there in decades.

"We must not be indifferent to the tragedy of the hungry and the thirsty," the pope said in an address to hundreds of pilgrims following the weekly Angelus prayer at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, just outside Rome.

"Many brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa are suffering these days from the dramatic consequences of the famine, aggravated by war and the lack of stable institutions," he said, calling for "compassion" and "fraternal solidarity".

Referring to a Bible passage on the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes by Jesus Christ, he said: "Jesus reminds us of our responsibility - to do everything we can to help those who are hungry and thirsty."

"It is an immense task. In this time of holiday, let us not forget to open our hands and our hearts to come to the aid of those who need it," he added.

Aid agencies have stepped up efforts to aid the worst affected from the drought in Somalia, with the UN's World Food Programme starting an airlift of food aid into the Somali capital Mogadishu last week despite battles in the city.

But charities say more international donations are needed and relief efforts have been hampered by the combat, as well as a ban on some humanitarian agencies by the Islamist group Shabaab which controls much of southern Somalia.

  • Captainmorgan - 2011-07-31 17:25

    I place no value on anything you say you child molesting two faced son of a seafaring..................

  • Grayman - 2011-07-31 17:41

    Dear Pope, I shall not be indifferent to famine or the suffering of my fellow man. I shall not be indifferent to the scourge of piracy and kidnapping perpertrated by the Somalians. I shall not be indifferent to the radical Islamic groups stopping aid getting to the starving Somalians. I shall not be indifferent to the stuffed up lives of the boys who have been sexually molested by Catholic priests.

      DrP - 2011-07-31 20:00

      Spot on!

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-31 18:13

    Even as a Catholic, I cannot support what the Pope is saying here. Giving aid to these people just helps them breed. The world needs fewer of them, not more.

      slg - 2011-07-31 18:27

      Geez, this is shockingly inhuman. I think you don't really understand what you're saying.

      Dumbledore - 2011-07-31 19:16

      I think 2whitestars sucks a$$

      DrP - 2011-07-31 19:57

      Very Christian of you!

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-31 18:20

    Fish and bread on the way, then Pope?

      DrP - 2011-07-31 19:59

      Nope. But he will pray for them though. Prayer is very high in complex carbohydrates and proteins...

  • Dumbledore - 2011-07-31 19:15

    The pope sucks a$$

      DrP - 2011-07-31 19:58

      Or at the very least is responsible for it's coverup!

  • Oxygen - 2011-08-01 08:29

    Let's see now, how about donating at least half of the vaticans' coffers on a permanent basis for starters, and then let the pope choke on 2 pilchards and a bun.

  • letsee - 2011-08-01 10:57

    Will the USA Senate and Congress please listen to the Pope! Your debit reduction plan asks the poor to tighten their belts while the rich carry on eating caviar. Are you listening?

  • Badballie - 2011-08-01 11:00

    big words from the leader of the organisation responsible for more abuses and human rights violations than any other organisation in the history of the world. even Hitlers genocide pales in comparison to the atrocities of the "Holy" Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI show the world that the church is good, donate some of the billions your church has plundered over the centuries to feed these people don't expect those who live on the bread line and are subjugated by state and church to carry your burden

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