Tag Archives: poverty

The Best Christmas Present

“The best Christmas present would be to cancel the sanctions against the Syrian people” says Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo.

The Western block, led by the United States, realised “that it could not win the war militarily, so it chose to choke Syria economically. This is a crime against humanity because these people are not guilty,” said Bishop Abou Khazen. “Furthermore, it is not true that the fighting is over; what is certain is that poverty has increased, and medicines are in short supply, made worse by the pandemic.”

Syria is “rich in wheat, mineral resources, oil, and gas, especially in the US-controlled Northeast controlled, which it cannot use even to heat private homes.”

In this context, “unlike in many other countries, the coronavirus is not ‘the’ problem but one of the many we have to face.”

Despite the siege and bombs, Christmas during the war did not present the same difficulties,” said the prelate. “It was perhaps easier for people to meet the needs of daily life. Today many things are not available, from fruit to meat, which remains a dream for the vast majority.”

Lords of the World

“The world’s billionaires did extremely well during the coronavirus pandemic, growing their already-huge fortunes to a record high of $10.2tn (£7.8tn),” reports yesterday’s The Guardian newspaper .

“A report by Swiss bank UBS found that billionaires increased their wealth by more than a quarter (27.5%) at the height of the crisis from April to July, just as millions of people around the world lost their jobs or were struggling to get by on government schemes.”

National Disgrace

The housing charity Shelter reports that at least 320,000 people are recorded as homeless in the UK.

This shocking figure is a greater number of people than the population of cities like Nottingham, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Sunderland, Southampton or Norwich.

Shelter reports that this is a 4% increase on the homeless figures for last year; a rise of 13,000 people., or 36 new people becoming homeless every single day.

Bread for the People – some true Catholic Action, in action

At a time when more than seven-and-a-half million people and more than  two-and-a-half million families live below the official poverty line Catholics in Italy organise sympathetic farmers and bakers to produce bread for the people. This video, from several years ago when their action first started, shows them distributing bread to needy shoppers at one-third of the price of the supermarket chains.