Pope Francis called attention to refugee families "often forced to flee their homes and countries in a hurry and losing all their belongings and their security to escape violence, persecution or serious discrimination because of their religion, ethnic identity or political ideas."
We feel privileged to be here in Spain, being witnesses of hope and joy through our faith. It is wonderful to meet so many people from around the world and to be part of the vibrant celebrations that bring us together.
World hunger reached an historic high in 2009 with over a billion people going without enough food every day. Malnutrition increased by 13 percent in Asia, 8 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean and 6 percent in Africa.