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    New Grand Prior for Great Britain
    The annual Chapter meeting of the Grand Priory of Great Britain took place in Lancashire. Members of the Grand Priory were delighted to give our wholehearted assent to the Grand Master's appointment of H.E. Chev. Anthony Dickinson KLJ CMLJ as...

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    Grand Priory of Great Britain sponsors Summer Conference
    Europe and the Faith : an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference 30th July to 3rd August 2018 The Grand Priory of Great Britain is sponsoring the Summer Conference in Chavagnes International College and Studium this...

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    HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS In the first reading of today’s Liturgy, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is compared to “the rush of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). What does this image tell us? It makes us think of a...

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    Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
    The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Basseterre, which includes the islands of...

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New Grand Prior for Great Britain
The annual Chapter meeting of the Grand Priory of Great Britain took place in Lancashire. Members of the Grand Priory were delighted to give our wholehearted assent to the Grand Master's appointment of H....
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Grand Priory of Great Britain sponsors Summer Conference
Europe and the Faith :
an inter-disciplinary Catholic conference
30th July to 3rd August 2018
The Grand Priory of Great Britain is sponsoring the Summer Confer...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

In the first reading of today’s Liturgy, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is compared to “the rush of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). Wha...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Still a very slow recovery after the passage of the hurricanes
The area most affected by recent Hurricane Irma regards the northern islands of the Antilles (see Fides 20/9/2017). The most affected and damaged dioceses are Saint John's-Bas...
read more


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CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES FACTS & FIGURESThe number of poor in the world fell from 1.9 to 1.4 billion people between 1981 and 2005, which, according to data from the World Bank, is below the poverty line of $1.25 per day per capita. More positive changes have occurred at the same time that the world population has increased. As a result, the poverty rate has been halved: from 52% to 26% of the world population.

However, this positive assessment must be qualified. The poverty line is considered extremely low: by doubling the threshold to $2.5 a day, there are now more than three billion people who could be considered poor; more than half of the planet. In sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of poor people increased between 1981 and 1996, then declined, but has remained unchanged ever since: half of its population lives on less than $1.25 days. Finally, the World Bank recognized, in 2005, that the global economic downturn resulted in soaring food and oil prices, which had dramatic consequences for the poorest people in the world.

Poverty: it is well known and acted on more and more. Every day 34,000 children and 24,000 adults die of hunger or diseases due to malnutrition.

These inequalities have existed for a long time and have fractured the North and South. Some nations have emerged from the ‘poor country’ status by the efficient use of their resources - as was the case in Brazil and India, who have become world powers. However, it should be noted that 1% of people in emerging countries control between 70% and 90% of the wealth of their country. The rest, i.e. 99% of population, live in misery and poverty.

Even today, more than a million women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, cases which are easily treatable and can be prevented. According to a report, it is likely that one woman in six in sub-Saharan Africa dies in these conditions, while the ratio in developed countries is 1 in 3,800.

A second area of ​​concern is the number of children who are malnourished. This figure will rise to more than 30 million children in 2015.

A third concern is the devastation caused by HIV-AIDS. In 2006, the disease claimed more than 2.9 million people; the number of deaths is increasing. The preventive measures which have been applied so far have failed to halt the spread of the disease. In 2005, over 15 million children had lost one or both parents to AIDS.

A fourth major issue is that in 2005 1.6 billion people in developing countries lacked access to basic health systems. It is expected that there will be another 600 million people by 2015 if the current trends continue.

This highlights the fact that the profits of economic growth in developing countries have not been distributed equitably and that, especially in West Asia, the income of the poorest people has declined dramatically (namely between 1990 and 2004).

Finally, global emissions of greenhouse gas have continued to rise; from 23 billion tonnes in 1990 to 29 billion in 2004. The devastating effects of global warming continue to be a major obstacle in the path to achieving the global Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

However, it is clear that underdevelopment and inequality in the world is not inevitable. Between 1981 and 2005, the poverty rate in East Asia decreased from 79% to 18% and from 84% to 16% in China alone. The situation of the poorest countries can improve.
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