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Hungry, scared South Sudanese stay in cathedral compound for protection

A mother and her children ate a meal at a camp for internally displaced persons on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic Cathedral April 24 in Wau, South Sudan. Drought and armed conflict have pushed tens of thousands of Wau-area residents out of their homes, away from their farms and unable to adequately feed themselves.

WAU, South Sudan — Rita Williams slept under a tree beside St. Mary Catholic Cathedral, her three hungry children beside her. Around them, as many as 16,000 other displaced people filled the cathedral compound, hoping the church would keep them safe as their country spirals into greater violence.

"I've been here two weeks, since the soldiers chased us out of our house and burned it," she said April 26. "We have nothing, not even salt. Our clothes are dirty, and some days all we have to eat or drink is water. We're waiting. I don't know for what, but we're afraid to go back home."

Editorial | Tackling hunger everywhere

Pope Francis calls for an overhaul of the framework of aid policies and food production. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines ties poverty-focused international assistance to building peace and prosperity in the world.

Food security a moral issue, says bishop at Iowa Hunger Summit

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The head of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called food security a moral issue during a keynote address Oct. 14 at the Iowa Hunger Summit.

"Food security and the relationship between food and peace are moral issues," said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, speaking in his own diocese. "In our Christian tradition, we believe that lifting people out of poverty and feeding the hungry are serving Jesus in disguise."

Worldwide 'wave of prayer' hopes to help end hunger

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.

Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.

Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.

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