November 1, 2010

The papal nuncio to the United Nations challenged the international community Oct. 21 to unite in a fight against global poverty, which he called “an insult to our common humanity.”

“We have the means to bring an end to poverty,” said Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, who heads the permanent observer mission of the Holy See at UN headquarters in New York. “Do we have the will? That is the question.”

The archbishop was speaking before the UN General Assembly’s Second Committee, which deals with economic and financial matters.

“The combined food, fuel and financial crises since 2008 have slowed down, and even reversed, progress toward eradication of poverty in many developing countries around the world,” he said.

Commented Chullikatt: “The eradication of poverty should not be considered an act of charity but rather as an obligation of the international community.”