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    Grand Priory of Great Britain - Vigil for Investiture 2018
    Members and friends of the Grand Priory of Great Britain gathered recently in Lancashire in the historic setting of Samlesbury Hall to prepare new members for reception into the Order. All were honoured once again...

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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    Chevalier Liam Hackett of the Grand Priory of Great Britain wrote....
    I had the pleasure of playing my pipes at a wedding this afternoon in Coatbridge Scotland. I haven't played at a wedding for a number of years so it was an event for me . The money from the afternoon goes...

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    MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “THE MANAGEMENT OF A COMMON ASSET: ACCESS TO DRINKABLE WATER FOR ALL”
    Mister Cardinal, Magnificent Rector, Brothers and sisters I congratulate you for the organization of the...

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  • WORLDWIDE ALERT


    Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
    The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of 2000,...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Grand Priory of Great Britain - Vigil for Investiture 2018
Members and friends of the Grand Priory of Great Britain
gathered recently in Lancashire in the historic setting of Samlesbury Hall
to prepare new members for rece...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Chevalier Liam Hackett of the Grand Priory of Great Britain wrote....
I had the pleasure of playing my pipes at a wedding this afternoon in Coatbridge Scotland.
I haven't played at a wedding for a number of years so it was an event...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “THE MANAGEMENT OF A COMMON ASSET: ACCESS TO DRINKABLE WATER FOR ALL”
Mister Cardinal,
Magnificent Rector,
Brothers and sisters
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the oc...
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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