Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2013 / 12:19 pm
Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of the poor in developing countries across the globe.
In a June 3 letter, the bishops encouraged the national leaders to work in their upcoming meeting to "take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all."
The G8 – or Group of Eight – is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism. Its members include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The G8 nations are planning to meet for their 2013 summit in the United Kingdom later this month.