“It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted.”
Pope Francis, in his message to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum on the occasion of its 44th Annual Meeting at Davos-Klosters in Switzerland held January 2014.
“We need to reach out to those who are angry at us bishops, those we have disillusioned and those we have misled or confused by our excessive misplaced prudence or unbecoming lifestyle.”
Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines; in his speech delivered at the opening of the January 2014 plenary assembly of the bishops.
“I’m sorry but the people here did not really feel the presence and response of the government during and after Yolanda.”
Mark Granflor, a priest of the archdiocese of Capiz in the Philippines; when asked to comment about the recent Social Weather Station survey (SWS) where President Benigno Aquino III got “very good” satisfaction rating from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims despite heavy criticisms of the government’s slow and inefficient response after the devastation.
“We wanted ballots, but we got bullets.”
Thai Government supporters, has capitalized on the above catchphrase when a gun battle on the eve of the elections in Bangkok—in which gunmen allied with the protesters shot at would-be voters—has belied the protest leaders’ message that they are peaceful and unarmed; the February 2 elections was disrupted when protesters blocked voters from registering and casting ballots in Bangkok and southern Thailand.
“At what point do you say: ‘Enough is enough’? Well, the world has to say it—remember that the Sudetenland was given in an attempt to appease Hitler to prevent World War II.”
Benigno Aquino III, Philippine president; referring to the failure by Western nations to back Czechoslovakia when Hitler-led Nazi Germany occupied western parts of the European nation in 1938, he told New York Times that China’s effort to claim disputed territories is like Nazi Germany before World War II.
“Aquino exposed his true colours as an amateurish politician who was ignorant both of history and reality.”
Xinhua, Chinese news agency; reacting to Aquino’s comment that the world must learn a lesson from 1938 when the UK and France allowed Hitler his claims to Czech territory; branded him a “disgrace.”