U.S. Prelate Welcomes G-8 Commitments

WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 13, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Policy hailed the commitments made last week at the Group of Eight industrial nations’ summit in Scotland.

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«At a time of sadness, fear and determination following the terror attacks on the people of London, the G-8 leaders have offered commitments of hope and promise,» Bishop John Ricard said in a statement Tuesday.

«They launched a new partnership in pursuit of a more just, secure and peaceful world,» the prelate wrote.

«They committed the most powerful nations on earth to work together to protect the lives and dignity of the world’s poorest people,» he added. «In their promise of additional assistance, debt relief and more equitable trade, they offer essential alternatives to desperation and deprivation.»

«Clearly, one meeting will not overcome poverty and despair. However, through sustained implementation of promising commitments, our world can become more just and more peaceful.»

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