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The Pope, the Cardinal and YOU!

Caritas president, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, recording a message against hunger for Caritas. Copyright: Caritas/Michelle Hough

Caritas president, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, recording a message against hunger for Caritas. Copyright: Caritas/Michelle Hough

By Michelle Hough, communications officer with Caritas Internationalis

Our Cardinal is a busy man. Last week he was in Canada, next week he’ll be in New Zealand and Australia, but this week he’s up at the Vatican coordinating Pope Francis’s “council of cardinals” on Vatican reform.

I’m of course talking about Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis. Yesterday, I went to meet him at Santa Marta, the residence where Pope Francis lives behind St Peter’s basilica, to film a message for Caritas’ hunger campaign: One human family, food for all.

Wednesday morning is not a good time to try and get into the Vatican. Pope Francis holds an audience with pilgrims at 10am in St Peter’s square. Driving up via della Conciliazione (the broad avenue leading up to the square) at 9.45am with campaign coordinator, Alfonso Apicella and filmmaker Stephen Natanson, I had to contend with tens of thousands of pilgrims and Rome’s fierce traffic police.


Michelle Hough, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga and Alfonso Apicella. Copyright: Caritas/Stephen Natanson

As we pulled up outside Santa Marta, I was really hoping we could see Pope Francis before he left for his audience but he’d already gone. Pope Francis, like Cardinal Rodriguez, is always busy. I can’t even keep track of all he’s said and done in the seven months since his election because he never rests.

Tracking down the Cardinal can be tricky. He doesn’t have a secretary (although someone once told me his sister sometimes helps him) or an entourage of any sort. He answers his own phone and email. He’s not only the head of Caritas, but also the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa in Honduras, coordinator of the Pope’s commission, as I said earlier, a member of numerous other commissions and an active member of the Salesians.

Cardinal Rodriguez arrived promptly at 10.30am for filming. What always amazes me is how humble and down-to-earth he is. He arrives, says ‘tell me what I need to do’ and gets on with the job.

I’d provided a chair for the Cardinal to sit on while he recorded his message but he said that he’d rather stand, explaining “You can’t have a Church that is sitting down!”

The Cardinal’s message will be part of the launch of the Caritas confederation’s hunger campaign on 10th December. This is World Human Rights day and Caritas is urging governments and people of good will to put their energies behind implementing the right to food in national law.

“As Caritas we are one human family and we cannot let one member of that family go hungry,” said Cardinal Rodriguez in his message.

“There is enough food to feed the planet. We believe that with your help, we can end hunger by 2025.”

After he’d recorded his message, Cardinal Rodriguez spoke to me about the message Pope Francis will give to support our campaign. We’re hoping that the word will spread and that many other people will find some time in their busy lives to do something to contribute our campaign to end hunger.

It’s a question of whether you want to live in a world where there’s enough food for everyone and yet children, women and men still die because of a lack of nutritious food, or not. The Pope and the Cardinal can find time, can you?


Filed under Advocacy, Development, Food, MDG, Poverty Elimination

What have Pope Francis, Jesus and the Rolling Stones got in common?

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Young people in Brazil prepare to welcome Pope Francis to World Youth Day 2013. All image rights reserved by the Communications Department of WYD 2013

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By Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis

Like the Rolling Stones a few years before him, Pope Francis will gather to celebrate with millions of young people on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro next week. The occasion will be World Youth Day, an event where the Holy Father will invite the young to “Go and make disciples of all nations”.

But many years before these celebrations, there was a more significant joyous meeting on a beach. The one where our risen Lord appeared to the disciples on the shores of the sea of Galilee. (Jn 21:1)

The disciples had fished all night and had lost hope. As dawn came, the Lord appeared and told them to cast their net to the other side of the boat. What they brought back up was an abundance of fish. It was with this fish, along with some bread that Jesus prepared breakfast for them.

The disciples believed in the Lord and followed his suggestions and what they received was relief from their material and spiritual hunger. Continue reading

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La violencia en Honduras

The Honduran Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and President of Caritas Internationalis , recently condemned the assassination of his compatriot, the journalist Alfredo Villatoro. In this video the Cardinal returns to the problem of drug trafficking and violence in Honduras. He explains the role the Church and Caritas can play in combating fear so that good and truth may prevail, also considering the issue in a regional context.

El Cardenal hondureño Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Arzobispo de Tegucigalpa, ha condenado el asesinato de un compatriota suyo, el periodista Alfredo Villatoro.

El Cardenal vuelve en ese video sobre la problemática del tráfico de droga y la violencia en Honduras. Nos explica el rol que puede jugar la Iglesia y Caritas en la lucha contra el temor y para que triunfe el bien y la verdad, considerando también la cuestión en un contexto regional.


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