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Pope Francis Denounces ‘Global Scandal’ Of Hunger, Launches New Campaign In Video Message

“Pope Francis denounced the ‘global scandal’ of hunger on Monday, calling for an international ‘wave of prayer’ to bring attention to the plight of the needy and homeless,” Reuters reports. “‘We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion — one billion people who still suffer from hunger today,’ he said in a video message launching a campaign by Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 164 Catholic charities working in 200 countries,” the news service writes, noting, “The campaign, called ‘One Human Family — Food for All,’ kick[ed] off on Tuesday.” According to Reuters, “Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, urged organizations, churches and individuals to ‘give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world'” and “also appeared to call for lifestyle changes, urging people ‘to become more conscious in our food choices, which often lead to waste and a poor use of the resources available to us'” (12/10).