"Hunger and malnutrition can never be considered a normal occurrence that we should become used to, as if it were part of the system. Something must change in ourselves, in our minds, in our societies. "
Dec. 5, 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On December 10, Pope Francis is leading what is being called, "a global wave of prayer" starting at noon in Australia and sweeping across the globe until it reaches American Samoa some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later. This will be the kick-off of a global campaign in the Catholic Church to fight hunger. On Tuesday, Dec. 10 at noon, I am asking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland to join Pope Francis in this worldwide prayer to end hunger.
Pope Francis, Catholics around the world and members of other faiths will use the power of prayer to raise awareness that hunger is unacceptable and can be defeated. Nearly 1 billion people - or about one in eight people - have experienced chronic hunger or undernourishment during 2010-2012. This can be ended. This must end.
The wave of prayer is just the first step in a longer campaign to end the scandal of world hunger. Please take a few moments at noon on December 10 to join the world in prayer against hunger, as well as engage in long-term action by raising awareness, through advocacy, charitable work or other efforts supporting food security. Prayer rising from believers around the globe will launch a movement that will not rest until there are no more hungry children or adults.
The third front of the New Evangelization is the works of charity and mercy that we must render to others, especially to those who are most in need, whether in or outside the Church. Our service and outreach must extend powerfully, visibly and meaningfully to the poor and to all who need to see the loving and merciful face of Christ in us. We must also see the face of Christ in them. "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland in Oregon