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Bishop Pates Encourages Participation in Global Wave of Prayer to End Hunger

Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates invites everyone to be a part of a wave of prayer that will circle the world on Tuesday, Dec. 10 to end hunger and malnutrition.

The Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, Caritas Internationalis, is asking that we pray at noon on Dec. 10 as part of the launch of its anti-hunger campaign "One Human Family, Food For All." In addition, Caritas urges Catholics to engage in long-term action through raising awareness, advocacy, charitable work or other efforts to support food security.

"Nearly a billion people are hungry today in a world that has the resources to feed everyone," according to Caritas' website

"This issue is especially pertinent to us in Iowa, given our remarkable food production and that we are home to the World Food Prize, which is exercising significant leadership in battling world hunger in the spirit of Norman Borlaug," said Bishop Richard Pates.

In the United States, the U.S. Census reports the poverty rate last year was 15 percent, or nearly one in six Americans. The poverty rate for children under age 6 is 24.5 percent, or one in four children, according to the anti-poverty program Results.

"This is an opportunity for our parishioners to be a part of a bigger effort to wrap the world in prayer for our brothers and sisters," said Bishop Pates. "It is also an opportunity to consider what charitable work, advocacy or other efforts we could undertake to play a hands-on role in alleviating hunger in our communities."

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The Diocese of Des Moines includes 81 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

Anne Marie Cox
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