Loading
Holy See emphasizes family's role in poverty eradication
By Adelaide Mena
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Holy See's permanent observer to the U.N., speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Holy See's permanent observer to the U.N., speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.

.- Praising the U.N.'s plan to eradicate poverty, the Holy See's observer to the body emphasized the importance of the family in encouraging development and in fighting poverty.

In eradicating poverty "we do not need to reinvent the wheel," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said in a March 31 statement.

"Setting a development agenda for the next 15 years is a powerful gesture of intergenerational solidarity. The future we want becomes, then, the future we want for our children and our children’s children."

The archbishop commented on the United Nation's hope to eradicate poverty during the Tenth Session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. The comments focused on the goals of the document "The Future We Want," a document adopted at the close of the the Rio+20, a U.N. conference which took place  June 2012, and which focused on sustainable development.

Archbishop Chullikatt expressed that the Holy See "stands resolutely with all of you in this conviction" to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development, citing Pope Francis' call in Evangelii Gaudium to "resolve the structural causes of poverty" because "society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it."

The archbishop asked that these measures not overlook the importance of the family in building society, saying that it is "within the family that the next generation of humanity is welcomed, fed, clothed, and provided for. "

Quoting Pope Francis, he asked that the role of the family not be "exploited by a rhetoric which cheapens" its role.

Archbishop Chullikatt warned that an "obstinacy in recognizing the obvious role of the family in eradicating poverty" which does not bolster the most basic unit of society “is highly irresponsible and ultimately counter-productive on the part of governments.”

Supporting previous statements from the Rio +20 meeting proclaiming that “people are at the centre of sustainable development,” the archbishop added that those "urgently affected by the scourge of poverty and hunger" are women, children, and youth.

To protect these people, Archbishop Chullikatt supported the U.N. Secretary-General's recommendation that the family is added as a priority to the international organization's post-2015 goals.

"With him, we call upon States to recognize that that adding the family as a cross-cutting priority to the post-2015 development agenda could constitute 'a progressive step', since this is currently insufficiently addressed in this process."


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Jul
25

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Gospel
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »

Saint
Date
07/25/14
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Homily
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: