Be a Fairtrade pilgrim to Eternal City this Lent
Millions of people come to Rome every year – 2.2 million went to Papal audiences last year alone. Lent and Easter are particularly important times for people to make a pilgrimage to the Eternal City.
Religious congregations buying fair-trade products making a diference around the world. In this picture, a tea farmer in Uganda
Many would use fair-trade products at home but travelling in a foreign country it’s not so easy. Now there is a solution to that problem.
The Economic Justice Group of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is working group of Unions of Superiors General (USG/USIG).
It’s a group of people from religious congregations based in Rome and also includes Caritas Internationalis.
They’ve just published a booklet “Empowering the poor in the developing world” which contains a rundown of shops in Rome they’ve found selling fair-traded goods.
The guide explains both what religious congregations are doing around the world and how they can make a difference starting with many of their headquarters here in Rome.
But it’s not just for religious. Caritas is encouraging anyone can use it as they head to the Eternal City.
It’s available here for download in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
They’re launching a Lenten appeal to their fellow religious to consider the purchase of some fair-trade products as a concrete expression of solidarity.
Paul Frechette, SM said “Congregations of religious women and men have a tremendous economic power. In using our financial resources for fair-trade purchasing, we participate in the shaping of a just global economy.
“Most of us are overwhelmed by the level of poverty and exclusion in the world. By taking the relatively simple decision to drink or eat a product that guarantees a fair price for a poor person, you are turning the tide against poverty towards a more just and equitable world.”
“Fairtrade” is a growing international trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equality in international trade for the poor. It contributes to sustainability by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers - especially in the South.
The following is a partial listing of Fair Trade (Commercio Equo) stores or groups in and around the Eternal City:
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