The year 2021 has been intense. The pandemic has not stopped its course. Although the vaccination campaign has involved millions of people worldwide, many countries suffer from a significant shortage of doses and the inability to continue with the immunization campaign.
As reported in the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker, in fact, “since the start of the global vaccination campaign, countries have experienced unequal access to vaccines and varying degrees of efficiency in getting shots into people’s arms. Before March, few African nations had received a single shipment of shots. By contrast, 137 doses have been administered for every 100 people in the U.S.”
The commitment of all countries in the world must be timely; “it is urgent to help countries that have less, but it must be done with forward-looking plans. Remedies must be distributed with dignity to all, not simply for the sake of securing the wealthiest nations, but to ensure that all human beings have access to treatment. The human factor must be the priority, not profit.” (cf. CADIS International)
Now that the Season of Advent is upon us, we need to take the opportunity for prayer and reflection to renew everyone's commitment to take action to help our neighbors. Not only to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic but to implement systematic improvement to address climate change, poverty and hunger, lack of medical care, and spiritual crisis.
All of these issues are closely and threateningly intertwined. It is not enough to eradicate one evil to defeat them all but to work on all fronts to improve the living conditions of the world's population. Particularly for the most vulnerable communities that do not have sufficient means to deal with the current crises on their own.
Just think, for example, of the latest alarming 2021 report by The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA), according to which “An estimated 3 billion people, almost 40 percent of the world's population, cannot afford a healthy diet. Another 1 billion people could join their ranks if further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third.” (Vatican News)
Precisely because of these issues, during the Advent Time that begins on Sunday, November 28, we are preparing to welcome the prayer of the celebration of the birth of Christ, who came to Earth on a cold December night. The same Earth that today, battered and in difficulty, continues to host us and give us new opportunities for reflection and change.
CADIS International's commitment to the most vulnerable will also be renewed during the Christmas season. The hope is that, one day, the world will no longer need emergency interventions but that all populations will be able to live independently and peacefully, in peace with each other and with the surrounding environment.
Let us make ours, and everyone's the message of Pope Francis who wishes “each one to open his heart to the Lord, to prepare the way for the One who comes to fill with the light of his presence all our human weakness.” As the Holy Father reminds us, the Time of Advent, through various symbols, “prepares us for the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God and reminds us that human life is a constant waiting. [...] Our life becomes beautiful and happy when we wait for someone dear and important. May this Advent help you to transform hope into the certainty that the One we are waiting for loves us and never abandons us.” (cf. Agensir)
Continue to support the CADIS Emergency Fund to help interventions around the world. Donating a little contribution can change the lives of many people. CADIS has always been committed to providing material and spiritual relief to those in need.
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