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Pope waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Basilica of St. Augustine in Rome

Pope, Time Person of the Year, speaks out on hunger

Holy Father addressed issue at general audience this morning ahead of magazine honour announcement

Pope Francis has spoken out against the scandal and ‘injustice’ of hunger, and said it is the duty of us all to act to help the millions of people around the world who have little or no food.

At the end of his General Audience at the Vatican this morning, before he was named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the Holy Father said that ‘each and every one of us’ must act ‘to eliminate this injustice.’

The Pope spoke about Caritas Internationalis’ global One Human Family, Food for All campaign to end hunger and food waste. The leader of the Church immediately offered his full support to the campaign when it was launched this week with a short video message in which he noted that nearly one billion people still suffer from hunger worldwide today.

“We cannot look the other way and pretend this does not exist,” Pope Francis said.

The Holy Father reminded those gathered at St Peter’s Square this morning that the Gospel shows us the way. “Trust in the Lord’s providence and share our daily bread without wasting it,” he said.

The Pope concluded his appeal by encouraging Caritas, the international community of Catholic charities, to carry this initiative forward and urged Faithful the world over to join in the ‘wave’ of solidarity.

Time picked the Holy Father for its top honour from a varied shortlist that included Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, NSA leaker Edward Snowden (runner up), Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and even pop star Miley Cyrus.

Time called the Pope a ‘septuagenarian superstar’ and said he had taken ‘the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.’

Nancy Gibbs, Time managing, editor said Pope Francis had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.

—martin@sconews.co.uk

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