Wednesday 24 September 2008

Holy See tells UN to Deliver on Africa- and preserve culture

(Social Justice South Africa ; c.f. Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage Report)

Article by Marc Aupiais

On Monday the 22 of September 2008- the Permanent observer of the Vatican at the UN- gave a speech on Africa's development.

The Holy See of the Beloved Catholic church, through their permanent observer to the United Nations- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, has appealed for focus on Africa- it says Africa has made much progress- but not enough to alleviate poverty. It has the youngest average population but also the youngest average age of death.

Despite many differences in culture and diversity- African countries have taken great strides. The United Nations, according to the Archbishop has enshrined in its charter pursuit of Peace and Prosperity for all. Something where Africa still has great chasms which suffer without these.

Africa- according to the Archbishop- needs to gain a sense of ownership of its own land. Further- the UN must take concrete action on plans involving the continent.

The Catholic church is said to be vital in fighting problems on African soil- and in caring for the sick.

The African sense of community is a positive influence- and pursuit of development- according to the observer- must not erode the good elements of the diverse cultures in Africa.

Archbishop Celestino was addressing the UN in a meeting on Africa and her development needs- on Monday the 22 of September 2008.

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