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Date: 16.11.2005
Source: Custody of the Holy Land


Wear the white band
Because .... Every day 24,000 people die from hunger.
Everyday more than 100 million children are denied the chance to go to school
Everyday 1.1 billion people have to drink polluted water.
Everyday 8,200 people die due to hiv/aids.
It is time for all of us to speak out together.
It is time to demand that world leaders do more to fight poverty.

If one of us has a problem, it is our problem.

The symbol of the campaign is a simple White Band worn around the wrist, your arm - in fact anywhere you like that it can be seen by everyone! By wearing one you are part of a unique worldwide effort in 2005
to end extreme poverty - you're saying that it's time to stop the deaths of more than 200,000 people every single week from preventable diseases. You can wear it any way you like:

This year there are a number of really important moments when we need as many people as possible to make their voices heard so as the world's most powerful people know that they must make poverty a history.

Wear a simple white band and show the world that you want action, not just words.


Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with an you meet especially your family. Be holy –let us pray.
"I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: 'My son did this to me.' I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: 'I forgive my san' Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her san did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

"Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the lord is our strength"

"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic became a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs-all different religions. But they all come to our prayers." (Mother Teresa)

Why we need you

Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty. This year, 2005, we finally have the resources, knowledge and opportunity to end this shameful situation.

Join the band of people who are taking action to make poverty a history. It only needs to take you a matter of minutes every month, but it will help us to literally change the world.

- Latin America children suffered the largest increase among all racial groups: an additional 295,000 Latin America children fell into poverty.
- . The four million Latin America children now living in poverty represent 30 percent of all Latin America children.
- The number of African children living in poverty increased by 232,000, meaning one in every three Black children is poor.
- The number of Asian children living in poverty increased by 143,000.
- Half a million of the newly poor children live in a household with a single mother.

Give yourself fully to God

There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them.
Love them.,
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.

Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, of penance.

it is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

“I choose the poverty of our poor people. But am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by
everyone. "(Mother Teresa)

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