Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bishop Richard Pates: Sharing the Bounty of God's Goodness

We deeply believe that we are all one human family - that we share the bounty of God’s goodness or we should share -- and therefore, because the availability of food is there, it’s a question of having the determination to really feed our brothers and sisters, to overcome the suffering that we feel is really not justified because of the fact of the bounty of food and also we want to render to them the dignity they are entitled to as children of God.  -Bishop Richard Pates, Diocese of Des Moines (Iowa)
Bishop Richard Pates, who leads the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, was one of many people who helped plan an Interfaith Prayer to End Hunger on World Food Day in 2013. Bishop Pates, a fellow member of Bread for the World, has also rubbed elbows with some of the laureates of the World Food Prize, which is awarded in Des Moines every year. Bishop Pates'has been outspoken in his state and nationally about hunger and was instrumental in the launch of the Vote to End Hunger coalition in Iowa in November 2015. This Bread for the World video featuring Bishop Pates is part of a series of faithful voices calling us to work to address food insecurity and its root causes and to pledge to end by hunger by 2030.  Read a transcript of his comments.

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