Pope Francis: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

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Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society's most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to the church and to humanity. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry,” Pope Francis said during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Brian

    Just think if ALL the world leaders..especially Pres. Obama..would follow his example. Oh, what a wonderful world this would be!! This world is full of corruption, so it’s nice to see some “good news” for a change!

  • In 2011, 6.9 million children under five died of starvation and horrible diseases, which is down from the 7.6 million in 2010, down form 8.1 million in 2009, and down from the 12.4 million in 1990.

    It’s still going on, but things are improving.

    But since it goes on year after year after year, etc., it makes that one time event that involved people of numerous ages, that event known to the world as the German Holocaust, into very little in comparison.

    Yet, over the years, much focus has been given to the German Holocaust, but do you see a greater degree of coverage toward the dying children as there should be, considering the ongoing annual numbers and all.

    Mix that with people also wasting food, and you have a huge embarrassment on hand.

  • Leo

    This Pope’s obsession with poverty reminds me of a diversion tactic concerning some real other problems. There need to be rallies by Christians and especially Catholics protesting the treatment of Christians, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Bahai, and Zorastrians by Islamists. Jews are not allowed to practice in Indonesia. Christians and Jews are not allowed to wear their insignia in Islamic countries. There are efforts to install shariah in western countries and to make us all dhimmi.
    I want the outspokenness of the most neglected pope in the 20th, that is, Pope Pius XI concerned with human rights issues not just the ever-present poverty.
    To paraphrase Jesus, the poor you will have with you always.

  • Leo

    During the potato famine, which was facilitated by the British government because food was produced in Ireland but forcibly sent to Britain, no one spoke up. Did the Roman Church send food to its own starving Irish? There were limited concerns for the Armenian holocaust which preceded the one by Hitler. It was very treacherous and was actually used by Hitler as a prototype for his. There was lots of starvation. Incidentally, weren’t there about five million others besides Jews in Hitler’s holocaust.

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