17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Editor: This annual UN observance, now in its 21st year, is intended to raise awareness about the need to end poverty and build a world where no one is left behind.
Earth, Pope Francis has reminded us in his ground-breaking encyclical, Laudato Si’, is ‘among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor’ (LS #20) and ‘It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected.’ LS #138) A true ecological approach, he writes, 'always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'. (LS #49)
Sisters of Mercy and our partners-in-Mercy, through the Mercy International Reflection Process, have discerned together globally a shared response to the ‘cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor’ and committed to action under two, often intersecting, theme areas: (i) displacement of Persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth.
This day is an opportunity to consider again the commitments we made during MIRP.
What actions have we taken? What actions might we yet take?
Messages to: the MIRP Continuation Group