MORE THAN 1,000 monks, nuns and friars protested outside Parliament last week as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.
The demonstration, organised by Catholic aid agency Cafod, drew together members of religious orders from around the United Kingdom.
The religious called for the Government to adopt balance and restraint in its policies and to address the plight of millions of poverty-stricken people across the developing world.
Many of the campaigners then met with their constituency MPs in Westminster’s Great Hall to get their message across.
Fr Christopher Jamison, Abbot of Worth Abbey, West Sussex, and a star of The Monastery reality television programme on BBC2, was among the delegation.
“The people here today really know about poverty at the grass roots,” he said.
“We have brothers and sisters who work in poor countries around the world.
“We want to make sure our MPs and government keep to their commitment to the millennium development goals which all the leaders of the world signed up to in 2000 to achieve by 2015.”