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Ending hunger on a Wave of Prayer

  • December 9, 2013

A Wave of Prayer, a campaign to end global hunger, will wash over Canada on Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace will launch the Wave of Prayer, marking the start of Caritas Internationalis' anti-hunger campaign with the theme "One human family, food for all." D&P, a Canadian member of Caritas, will use this slogan and theme for its 2014 Lenten fundraising campaign. Schools and parishes will join D&P in their efforts.

The Wave of Prayer begins at noon in Samoa in the South Pacific and continues through every time zone worldwide. A Google map will display where prayers are taking place in Canada and in other countries.

Pope Francis is also expected to release a special video message and to bless the Caritas campaign.

According to a press release, Caritas president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga says there is enough food to feed the planet and it is possible to end world hunger by 2025.

Caritas, a federation of 164 Catholic development and relief organizations, calls for governments to guarantee a right to food in their national laws in order to aid in the right for all people to be free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

For over 45 years, D&P has supported organizations in the Global South in improving food security and to fight for policies that favour local food production.

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