Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pope to Meet US President Barak Obama

Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican on July 10. The president will be visiting Italy between July 8 – 10, to participate in the G-8 summit.

The devastating earthquake that rocked L’Aquila, will be the site of the meeting. The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, a theology professor, Miguel Diaz, was or has not be confirmed or made public as of yet.

When G8 leaders meet in Italy they will have two very important crises to talk about, the financial market from last September and the food crisis that sparked riots around the world last year.

While the G-8 has already spent more than $1 trillion to bail out the financial system, what is in the future to help millions of people suddenly rendered hungry by a 43-per-cent rise in food commodity prices is still up in the air.

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayers on June 14, in St. Peter’s Square on behalf of the “hundreds of millions of persons who suffer from hunger” weren’t just a standard plea for the poor.

The Pope had a scheduled meeting for June 24 & 26 with the United Nations in New York and the July 8 & 10, will be the G8 summit hosted by Italy.

The stats claim a meeting is in dire need to discuss what to do about more than a billion people that’s one in every six human beings alive that goes hungry, according to the United Nations World Food Program . The World Health Organization estimates that each year 3.5 million children under the age of five die of hunger and related diseases.

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