Statement of FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf on the death of Pope John Paul II
A courageous campaigner for justice and equity
7 April 2005, Rome - His Holiness Pope John Paul II was a moral reference not only for Christians but people of all faiths. He stood courageously for justice and equity, for freedom and equality. He always defended the poor and the weak.
At the World Food Summit in 1996, which he attended personally, His Holiness told world leaders: "Nothing will change at the world level if national leaders do not put into practice ? economic and food policies based not only on profit but also on sharing in solidarity."
His support to FAO, in particular through his annual messages on the occasion of World Food Day was invaluable in the struggle to achieve the goal of "Fiat Panis" -- "Bread for all" -- the motto of the Organization.
At the Jubilee in 2000, Pope John Paul II called farmers gathered from all over the world the "great family of the agricultural world" and praised their work as "indispensable for the overall progress of the global community".
May he rest in peace, after having served mankind so well.
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