One human family, food for all
Food to eat is not only a fundamental human need. It is also a human right in accordance with Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite this, it is a right that is denied 842 million starving men, women and children in the world. In order to address this, we invite all of you join us at midday on 10th December to be part of our Wave of Prayer which will cross through all continents. The wave launches the global Caritas campaign, One human family, food for all, which aims to end hunger by 2025.
Campaign ends December 10
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradriaga, who was President of Caritas Internationalis at the beginning of the Food for All campaing in 2013, says:
"The launch of our campaign coincides with the period of Advent, an important time given to us to explore the mystery of the Incarnation of our Lord who has 'come that they may have life, and have it to the full' (Jn 10:10). He championed the poor, the hungry and the outcast, to the extent of identifying himself with them. 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat' and 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' (cf. Mt 25). Every starving person brings us face to face with the agony of Jesus in person!"
Read more about the Hunger for Justice.
Wave of Prayer
Our campaign began at noon on 10 December 2013 in Samoa in the Pacific and ends with another global prayer effort on 10 December 2015.
. For a map of the 2013 Wave of Prayer, please click here.
What can I do?
Join our global prayer day wherever you are! Take a moment at noon on December 10 to join us in praying the prayer above or seek out one of the Global Vigil events. At the bottom of the page you will find pdf files of the prayer in five languages - pick the one that suits you best and join in!
You can also watch the video reflection by Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradriaga, President of Caritas Internationalis (scroll down to find it below).
Take the time to really try to understand how many people suffer from hunger in this world. Nearly a billion people cannot eat until they are full. Take a moment to reflect about how you yourself view food: what do you eat and what do you throw away? One human family, food for all offers a unique opportunity for our voices to join as one and for us to work together to end the scandal which is world hunger.
Why December 10?
Caritas launches this campaign on December 10 because it is Human Rights Day. The right to have sufficient food to eat is a human right:
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
"Everyone has the right to a standard living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
In June this year, Pope Francis urged countries to "move beyond indifference" in policies that exclude the most vulnerable and exacerbate hunger and poverty in the world.
"It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous," Pope Francis said, during an audience at the Vatican.
The pope also warned that there is a risk that people - and human dignity - are being turned into "vague abstractions in the face of issues like the use of force, war, malnutrition, marginalization, the violation of basic liberties, and financial speculation, which presently affects the price of food, treating it like any other merchandise and overlooking its primary function."
Campaign ends December 10
The global Food for All campaign
ends with a Global Vigil on
Decmeber 10, 2015,
which is Human Rights Day.
"It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous."
- Pope Francis
A beautiful YouTube spot by Cáritas Mexicana