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Caritas launches international anti-hunger campaign
A woman prepares food at Caritas center that serves meals to Lebanon’s poor and elderly throughout the year, including the Christmas season in Dekwaneh, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
A woman prepares food at Caritas center that serves meals to Lebanon’s poor and elderly throughout the year, including the Christmas season in Dekwaneh, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: Caritas Lebanon Monday called on all those residing in the country to participate in a day of prayer and solidarity to mark the launching of the organization’s worldwide campaign to combat hunger.

Caritas Lebanon is part of Caritas Internationalis, a relief organization affiliated with the Catholic Church. The international federation has offices in 165 countries and works in almost every nation in the world, particularly those in impoverished regions.

Pope Francis will launch the Caritas Federation’s first-ever global campaign against hunger Tuesday with a recorded video message.

Called “One Human Family, Food for All,” the initiative will unite Caritas’ branches around the world with the aim of ending hunger by 2025.

The organization will hold a global “wave of prayer” at midday in Rome Tuesday for the program’s launch.

“Hunger is a disaster of global proportions,” Michel Roy, Caritas’ secretary-general, said in a statement last week. “Over 842 million people see their health, opportunities and lives slip away and their children suffer for something that shouldn’t even exist.”

“There’s enough food in the world for everyone to live a dignified life and we must join together our efforts to ensure ‘food for all,’” he added. “Together we can do this.”

Caritas said the wave of prayer would involve organizations and people from all continents. Caritas Lebanon will host a series of events during December entitled “Banquets of Friendship and Compassion” for the needy from eight regions in the country.

Lebanon’s Caritas branch also asked its 36 stations in Lebanon to organize a “Meeting of Compassion” over a shared meal during the holidays or to distribute food to Lebanese families in need. The organization expressed hope that Lebanese citizens and companies would contribute to the campaign through donations and service.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 10, 2013, on page 4.
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