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November 15, 2019
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November 15, 2019

See the face of Christ in the poor

Q: Archbishop J, really? A world day of the poor?

Yes really! The scandal of poverty in our world today is no longer felt and seen with righteous outrage.

  • Just one per cent of the world’s richest persons control more wealth than the other 99 per cent
  • The eight richest persons in the world control as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet
  • In 2018, Oxfam reported 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth
  • The top one per cent of the world earned 82 per cent of the wealth generated in 2017
  • Billionaire wealth has risen by an annual average of 13 per cent
  • Heavily indebted countries like Barbados are asked to pass the burden of debt onto their poorest citizens
  • Some 116 countries across the world have debts beyond critical thresholds and rising

We all owe a debt to the poor. St John Paul II said, “All private property has a social mortgage”. The consistent Catholic teaching is that the goods of this earth were not given to us individually, they were given as a common patrimony, to be held in trust to ensure all people have what is required to live a life of dignity. The disparity of wealth and plight of the poor needs to be everyone’s concern.

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