WITH EYE ON SUMMIT, CATHOLIC GROUPS SAY POOR CAN´T WAIT

ROME, MARCH 4, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Under the motto “The Poor Cannot Wait,”

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36 Italian Catholic associations will make an appeal here Tuesday for the
upcoming U.N. conference on financial issues related to global development.

The associations also have written a letter to Italian Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi urging the Italian government to work for the success of
the U.N. conference, scheduled for March 18-22 in Monterrey, Mexico.

The Catholic groups are the same that met in Genoa last July before the G-8
summit and presented a manifesto urging the seven most industrialized
countries and Russia to assume concrete “commitments for the promotion of
greater global social justice.”

The associations have joined forces again because they believe that the
Monterrey conference “is a fundamental stage on the road toward the
attainment of the objectives of development, the reduction of poverty by
50%, and the promotion of social justice.”

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