Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – The encyclical of Benedict XVI Caritas in veritate, with its social and economic indications traces the best path for humanity to each the Millennium Goals: this was said by Caritas Australia, in a comment on the Encyclical with regard to the situation of poverty and global inequalities, while heads of state of the main industrialised countries were attending the G8 meeting in Italy.
Every one of the 8 Millennium Goals–Caritas says with concern – including the goal to eradicate poverty, inequalities illiteracy “are on the edge of failure”, because of the global economic crisis. Progress achieved in the goals identified in early 2000, has been slow and the target will be difficult to reach say the United Nations.
It would appear “that rich countries have turned their backs on poor countries”, says Caritas. “The G8 leaders must make the fight against poverty a priority on the international agenda. The economic crisis effects especially the poorest of the poor, those one million people who already live on less than a dollar a day”.
According to the United Nations, in 2009 the number of people struggling to survive every day increased by a quota of between 55 and 90 million people. This is why commitment of richer countries is fundamental.
In this delicate situation, says Caritas, the Encyclical of Benedict XVI, by calling attention to the centrality of the human person, offers the key indication: to act “out of love”, source of social, civil and political commitment to build a more just and more fraternal world. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 10/9/2009 righe 28 parole 289)