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The Famine Crisis in Africa is a Result of More Than Just Severe Drought - Perspectives Daily

Noel Ocol

August 24, 2017
In the aftermath of the hate-filled events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new adhoc Committee against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.
 Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the USCCB president, also initiated a committee  focused on addressing the sin of racism and the urgent need to find solutions.Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio was appointed to the role.
In a statement issued yesterday, Cardinal DiNardo said,  "The establishment of this new ad hoc committee will be wholly dedicated to engaging the church and our society to work together in unity to challenge the sin of racism, to listen to persons who are suffering under this sin, and to come together in the love of Christ, to know one another as brothers and sisters."
Here is a video of the press conference announcement.
And you can read about the committee's mandate on the US Catholics bishop’s website listed here.
Here in Canada, the Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Concern at the University of Western, King’s College, has released a statement condemning a gathering of white supremacists in London, Ontario for this coming weekend. The statement, issued by Father Michael Beckhard, the Chair for the Centre, states that:
"As faith leaders in this community, we are deeply horrified and saddened that a gathering of white-supremacists is being planned for this Saturday in the City of London. We stand together today, as faith leaders from synagogues, churches and mosques in the City of London, united with faith leaders from across this country, to strongly condemn racism in all its forms.  We stand together in recognition that we are created equal and we celebrate and honour the dignity of all people. We stand in solidarity knowing too that we belong to each other and, therefore, when one of us is being marginalized or threatened, we are all marginalized and threatened. We call on people of faith and good will, to join us in our prayer for peace and our work for justice."
The entire statement is available for you to read below.
In February 2017, the United Nations declared that 20 million people, including 1.4 million children, are at risk of death due to food shortages in the South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia. The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan issued an appeal for international assistance and are calling for peace and reconciliation among their people.
In part two of this report from Catholic News Service, David Cloutier, professor of moral theology from the Catholic University of America, explains that this crisis is caused by far more than just severe weather conditions.
And earlier this year, a national ecumenical and interfaith appeal called “Pray – Give – Speak – Out” was launched here in Canada to help address the severe food crisis in Africa. A total of 27 faith communities in Canada mobilized to respond to the grim reality of multiple famines occurring simultaneously in four separate countries.
In a televised round table discussion, leaders of four Catholic agencies speak about the famine and the Church’s response to this major crisis. Airing this Sunday evening, at 8pm Eastern on Salt + Light Television, Fr. Thomas Rosica moderates the conversation between Bishop Douglas Crosby, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Luke Stocking from Development and Peace, Marie-Claude Lalonde, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need, and Jenny Cafiso, Director of Canadian Jesuits International.
For more details, you can visit our website listed below.
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