Priest’s hunger protest

Nuns, bishops, priests, monks and vicars gather at Parliament in London's Westminster to take part in a mass lobby of MPs, organised by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), to highlight the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign against world hunger.Geoff Caddick/PA
Nuns, bishops, priests, monks and vicars gather at Parliament in London's Westminster to take part in a mass lobby of MPs, organised by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), to highlight the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign against world hunger.Geoff Caddick/PA

A retired priest joined hundreds of colleagues in a mass lobby of Parliament to push for action on global hunger.

Canon Bernard Scholes, of St John’s Road, Boxmoor, was among more than 300 priests, monks and nuns – many of whom have lived and worked in developing countries – backing the protest organised by Catholic charity Cafod as part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

They pushed home the message that one in eight people worldwide go hungry, and challenged politicians to take action.

Labour party leader Ed Miliband and international development minister Alan Duncan were among more than 40 MPs who met the lobbyists.

Canon Scholes retired last year after nearly 15 years at a West London parish.

He said: “The elimination of extreme poverty and hunger in the poorest countries by 2015 was the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals proclaimed by the UN in the year 2000. Despite progress in some regions, we are still far, far away from achieving this goal.

“Millions are still malnourished, and systemic injustice still keeps millions in abject poverty.

“Churches have been for many years prominent in campaigning for a more just world to be more than a mere pious aspiration.”

Wednesday’s lobby will be followed by a bigger event next month, in advance of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, organisers say.