On World Food Day:
Pope Francis called for governments around the world to collaborate to make migration a safer and voluntary choice, arguing that assuring food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts. He made the call at the global ceremony to mark World Food Day, held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters. This year's theme focused on addressing migration through investing in food security and rural development.
Read the speech by Pope Francis by clicking this link: Change the Future of Migration
World Food Day is being marked this year as global hunger rises for the first time in over a decade, affecting 815 million people or 11 per cent of the global population. The increase is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks which are also major drivers of distress migration.
From Spirituality & Practice:
- 800 million people do not have enough to eat.
- Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined.
- One in nine people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
- Around 45 percent of infant deaths are related to malnutrition.
- Women make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for 60 percent of the world's hungry.
Hunger is common in America, despite its image as the land of plenty. For one in six people in the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. Hungry Americans are often hard-working adults, children, or seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals or even days.
"The beggar's bowl is both a physical reality among the poor and a spiritual symbol of our neediness. Fasting is a method for experiencing that neediness in a physical way. Select a small cereal bowl before you go to bed and place a flower and some water in it. Begin your fast in the morning by making the intention that your hunger will be a form of prayer for the homeless in your area. Eat nothing all day. In the evening, remove the flower and water, and limit your dinner to the amount of food that will fit in the bowl."
— Tom Cowan in The Way of Saints