Cardinal of the Vatican: Peace is beneath risk as well being and financial crises persist

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A Vatican cardinal said the world is facing a "tsunami" of humanitarian crises caused by the emergency, conflict, and diminished security of the coronavirus worldwide.

Following Pope Francis, Cardinal Peter Turkson called for a global ceasefire on July 7th during the pandemic so that those in need can be safely supported, especially in countries with ongoing conflicts such as Yemen and Venezuela.

Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery to promote integral human development, also identified a critical need for disarmament and suggested that the money used to fund weapons be redirected to support health systems instead.

The global health emergency, the economic recession and the ongoing climate crisis mean “reducing access to water, reducing access to food, social unrest, violence, the breakdown of law and order and unfortunately the normalization of insecurity, distrust and insecurity”. said the cardinal.

"The coincidence of all these crises has led to a veritable tsunami of humanitarian crises," he continued, "who has not spread and spared any human life [or institution] from its disruptive consequences, particularly its effects on harmony and peace."

Turkson spoke at a press conference that he heads on the Vatican's COVID-19 Commission. The cardinal focused in particular on the focus of the Commission's second working group, namely security.

On the subject of a global ceasefire, he said he supported the appeals of Pope Francis and the UN Secretary General António Guterres. There are countries that are already conflicted and have additional serious needs due to the coronavirus crisis, he said, but "the intervention itself is complicated by the violence."

Turkson said strategies that the Commission calls for a ceasefire, advocacy for local peace and justice commissions, calls for reconciliation and global solidarity, and the creation of a "redefinition of peace" modeled on Pope John XXIII. Includes in the 1963 Pacem in Terris encyclical, which formulates peace in terms such as "food security", "solidarity" and an "inclusive public health system".

Other steps taken by the Commission were to work with local groups such as Caritas Internationalis and Sant & # 39; Egidio to find peaceful solutions to conflicts.

Sister Alessandra Smerilli, member of the COVID-19 Commission and professor of economics, noted in her speech the request of Pope Francis "to prepare the future and not just to be prepared for the future".

The global economic crisis is expected to displace billions of jobs, she said, noting that “the pandemic knows no borders. Then we need solutions without limits. "

She said the Commission Economic Task Force met weekly to consider and discuss various economic issues related to the pandemic.

The religious sister added that she is not a fan of the word "recovery" in relation to the economy, but rather "regenerate the economy" because she focuses on doing something new.

Alessio Pecorario, another member of the commission, called the security task force he coordinated the "network of the network".

Pecorario said members worked to bring together various experts and Catholic nonviolent groups to bring together concrete proposals on peace and security.

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