On World Food Day The Pope Says Eating Has Become a Gluttony of Destruction

Published October 17th, 2019 - 09:16 GMT
A worshipers reaches out to Pope Francis as he arrives for the weekly general audience on October 9, 2019 at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP
A worshipers reaches out to Pope Francis as he arrives for the weekly general audience on October 9, 2019 at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP
Highlights
He called for 'the cultivation of lifestyles inspired by gratitude for the gifts we have received and the adoption of a spirit of temperance (and) moderation.'

The Pope has contrasted the world's 820million hungry people with those who turn food into 'an avenue of personal destruction' through overeating, in comments to mark World Food Day.

Pope Francis said the 'distorted relationship between food and nutrition' has left almost 700million people overweight, 'victims of improper dietary habits'.

'We are in fact witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction,' the pontiff said in a message to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

People suffer from diabetes and heart disease because of overeating, but also from anorexia and bulimia through deliberate undereating, the pope said.

He called for 'the cultivation of lifestyles inspired by gratitude for the gifts we have received and the adoption of a spirit of temperance (and) moderation.'

'By adopting such a lifestyle, we will grow in a fraternal solidarity that seeks the common good and avoids the individualism and egocentrism that serve only to generate hunger and social inequality.'

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'It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it, and that in some areas of the world food is wasted, discarded and consumed in excess.'

It comes after the Pope's chief bodyguard resigned yesterday over the leak of a Vatican police memo identifying five Holy See officials being investigated over a £130 million London real estate investment.

The Vatican said Monday its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no responsibility for the leak but resigned to avoid disrupting the investigation and 'out of love for the church and faithfulness' to the pope.

The person who leaked the document to the Italian newsweekly L'Espresso remains unknown.

Giani, a 20-year veteran of the Vatican's security services, has stood by Francis' side and jogged alongside his popemobile during hundreds of public appearances and foreign trips.

He also was the chief bodyguard for Pope Benedict XVI, and the Vatican took pains to stress his 'unquestionable faithfulness and loyalty' to the Holy See.

Giani had signed the October 2 memo after his agents raided two Holy See offices - the secretariat of state and the Vatican's financial intelligence unit - as part of an investigation by Vatican criminal prosecutors into alleged financial irregularities surrounding a 150 million euro investment into London real estate.

It involved the development of 49 luxury apartments in Chelsea's Sloane Avenue using funds from the Vatican's Swiss accounts, according to the Financial Times.

The deal, which allegedly resulted in middlemen ripping off millions of euros from the Holy See over the past decade, has itself raised questions about the Vatican's murky finances and poor investment strategies in the past decade.

The raids and related suspensions, launched following more recent efforts to recover some of the lost money, were highly unusual for the Vatican and sparked fresh speculation about its Machiavellian turf battles, power struggles and score-settling.

That the alleged leaker remains unknown has added to the mystery surrounding the case, which has implicated high-ranking Vatican cardinals and monsignors.

This article has been adapted from its original source.    


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