RWANDA: Church Deliberates on how to Feed the Hungry

KIGALI MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Fr Celestino Bundi, Kenya National Director of the Pontifical Missions Societies (PMS) has said that the Catholic Church will use the idle land in the Archdioceses, congregations and major seminaries for food production.

Speaking during the African National Directors of Pontifical Mission Societies meeting at St Vincent Pallotti Pastoral Centre in Kigali, Rwanda on February 25 to discuss “How to feed the world Hungry” in response to the call made by Pope Francis in November 2013 while addressing the 2nd International FAO Conference in Italy, Fr Bundi said the agricultural initiative is aimed at making the Church self-reliant, reduce hunger and create mutual sharing between the “haves” and “ have not’s” in the World.

According to Zenit, Pope Francis says that defeating world hunger will require more than aid and donations. Instead, we must “change the paradigm of aid and development policies” and change “how we understand work, economic aims and activity, food production and the protection of the environment.”

The meeting begun on February 22-25 and drew members from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Nigeria, Waumini Communications reported.

The conference was organized by the Pontifical Mission Societies Office USA and facilitated by PMS National Director, Fr Andrew Small, two Consultants Dr Lisa Smith and Mr Jacques Delli Paoli.