BENEDICT XVI: MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2009

"Poverty is often among the factors that are generating and exacerbating conflicts, even armed ones. The latter, in their turn, are generating tragic situations of poverty." This is what Benedict XVI writes at the beginning of his message, "Combating Poverty, Building Peace" for the World Day of Peace that is going to be celebrated on 1 January 2009. Many are the issues examined by the Pope: globalisation, demographic development, pandemics, disarmament, food crisis and financial distortions. In this context, he said, "combating poverty requires a careful analysis of the complex phenomenon of globalisation" and "a more detailed and articulated" view of poverty itself whose nature is not only material, but also involves "marginalization phenomena as well as relational, moral and spiritual poverty." According to the Pope, "every form of imposed poverty has its roots in the lack of respect for the transcendent dignity of the human person." Demographic development is considered to be among the causes, and Benedict XVI recalls the international campaigns "to reduce births" saying that "the extermination of millions of unborn children in the name of the fight against poverty is in reality the elimination of the poorest human beings," while in the developed countries "people are regarded as richness." (continued) ” ” ” “

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