April 25, 2011

The world must not view poor people as a commodity to be managed and controlled but as unique individuals who need the help of the global community to achieve their full potential, the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations said.

"In order to combat legitimate problems, the increasingly discredited concept of population control must be discarded," said Archbishop Francis Chullikatt in an April 12 address to the UN's Economic and Social Council.

"Instead of focusing political and financial resources on efforts to reduce the number of poor persons through methods which trivialize marriage and the family and deny the very right to life of unborn children, let us instead focus these resources on providing the promised development assistance to the approximately 920 million people living on less than $1.25 per day," Chullikatt said.