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Call of the Pope – the G20 Summit

On 15 and 16 November the Heads of State and Government of the world’s twenty largest economies, known as the G20, will meet in Brisbane.

Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Honourable Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, who will chair the Summit, asking the G20 Heads of State and Government ‘not to forget that many lives are at stake behind these political and technical discussions and it would indeed be regrettable if such discussions were to remain purely on the level of declarations of principle. Throughout the world, there are far too many women and men suffering from severe malnutrition, a rise in the number of the unemployed… and an increase in social exclusion… In addition, there are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy.’

  Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Prime Minister of Australia on the occasion of the G20 Summit [Brisbane, 15-16 November 2014]

Sister Berneice Loch rsm, Leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and President of Catholic Religious Australia says that the hopes expressed by Pope Francis in his letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott ahead of the G20 Summit are also the hopes and prayers of Australian Catholic Religious. “We, too, hope that a substantial and productive consensus can be achieved that will take into account real improvements in the living conditions of poorer families,that will reduce all forms of unacceptable inequality, that will support victims of the crises especially refugees, and that will include the vital issues of decent work for all and climate change”.

READ HERE ‘Catholic Religious urge Tony Abbott to heed Pope Francis’ advice to the G20 [Wednesday, 12 November 2014]