Calcutta (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in India is at the forefront to tackle poverty and hunger: said Franciscan Fr. Nithya Sagayam, OFM Cap, speaking at a national Seminar on the theme of "answers to hunger and extreme poverty" organized by the NGO "Franciscans International" and by the Centre of Udayani Jesuits in Calcutta, from 11 to 14 September. As Fides learns, the Franciscan recalled that the Indian Church acts "in sync with the Millennium Development Goals", with particular attention to the objectives of sustainable development and food security.
Franciscans International (FI) is an NGO accredited to the UN, which brings together members of the Franciscan Family (religious, nuns, lay people) around the world. The objective of the Seminar organized in Calcutta was to deeply understand the roots of extreme poverty and hunger phenomenon in the local context, to identify and implement strategies to combat and eradicate them. "Franciscans International has published a manual on extreme poverty and hunger in the world: we will focus on how to implement it in the Indian context" explained Fr. Sagayam.
Those present - experts, Caritas leaders, priests, religious who came from all over India – pointed out concrete action plans adopted in the different areas of the country, in a fruitful discussion on practical ways and means to combat poverty and contribute to the development and the autonomy of marginalized populations. (PA-SD) (Agenzia Fides 14/09/2016)