G-8 Petitioned by 45 Catholic Organizations Over Aid

ROME, JUNE 26, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Forty-five Catholic associations and missionary institutes petitioned the G-8 leaders now meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta, and urged them to give more development aid to poor countries.

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During a press conference Tuesday at Vatican Radio headquarters, the organizations presented four petitions aimed at the Group of Eight.

First, they called for a struggle against tax and financial havens. Second, they asked for an increase in the aid for development in poor nations.

The organizations also advocated the reinforcement of commitments already made in the struggle against AIDS and pandemics.

Lastly, the organizations called for new commercial avenues in order to give poor countries access to international markets.

Above all, the «Morning Sentinels» — as this group of Catholic organizations calls itself — asked that the rich countries comply with commitments already assumed.

If they are not going to comply with their commitments, the two-day summit in Canada will serve no purpose, said Luigi Bobba of Italian Workers´ Catholic Action. The summit ends Thursday.

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