Credit crunch is increasing world hunger, says CAFOD

Independent Catholic News

Margaret and children in Nairobi slum. Photo: Frederic Courbet
Margaret and children in Nairobi slum. Photo: Frederic Courbet

This Harvest, one billion people will be living with hunger. Catholic aid agency CAFOD warns the global financial crisis is pushing already poverty-stricken people over the edge.

As Harvest approaches, parishes and schools around the UK will be holding special events and collections to mark CAFOD’s annual Harvest Fast Day on 2nd October to help CAFOD continue to meet the growing demands in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Continue reading Credit crunch is increasing world hunger, says CAFOD

EU plans to admit more refugees

BBC News, Brussels
By Oana Lungescu

Thousands of migrants sail to Italy from North Africa every year
Thousands of migrants sail to Italy from North Africa every year

The European Commission is set to unveil plans to allow more refugees from conflict zones and poor nations into European countries.

The scheme is aimed at discouraging immigrants – mainly from Africa – from attempting to reach Europe illegally.

Many risk their lives as they try to enter the EU, often relying on human traffickers. Continue reading EU plans to admit more refugees