"What is needed is the willingness to end hunger, and this ultimately will not happen without a moral conviction that is shared by all peoples and all religious persuasions, where the integral good of the person is at the heart of all initiatives and consists in 'doing to another what we would want done to ourselves'."
"We are speaking of an action based on solidarity among all nations and of the means that express the disposition of the people," he said, stressing that it is imperative for civil society, media, and educational institutions to join forces.
"From now until 2030 we have 12 years to set up initiatives that are vigorous and consistent; not giving in to occasional spurts or intermittent and fleeting headlines, but rather facing up unremittingly to hunger and its causes in a spirit of solidarity, justice and consistency," the Pope continued.
"The poor expect from us an effective help that takes them out of their misery, not mere propositions or agreements that, after studying in a detailed way the roots of their misery, bear as their fruit only solemn events, pledges that never materialize, or impressive publications destined only to enlarge library catalogues," he said.
One in nine people around the world lack enough food to eat, according to Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, said that
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The initiative has expressed its frustration at the failure of the Congressional Farm Bill Conference Committee to finalize the "critical piece of legislation" and pass it into law before it expired on Sept. 30.
Catholics Confront Global Poverty is calling on Catholics and others to contact their lawmakers to ensure that "critical improvements" to international food security programs are present in the final version of the bill.
Catholic Relief Services is the largest private distributor of U.S. food aid in response to immediate emergencies including drought, flooding, or war or conflict. The agency also has land management and conservation programs to preserve and expand productive farmland.