Press Release 98/59
POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVES FAO'S AGRICOLA MEDAL FOR HIS EFFORTS TO FIGHT
HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION;
PRESENTATION MADE DURING AUDIENCE WITH FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL
Rome, October 15 -- Pope John Paul II received today the Agricola medal struck
in his honor by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in recognition
of the Pontiff's "continuous struggle against hunger and malnutrition and
his demonstrated concern for the plight of mankind's poor, and for peace
in the world."
FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf presented the medal to the Pope during
an audience at the Vatican one day ahead of the 20th anniversary of John
Paul II's Pontificate and World Food Day, October 16, which also marks the
53rd anniversary of the founding of FAO.
The Agricola medal features a portrait of the Pope on one side and, the other
bears the words: "DAILY BREAD - CONDITION OF THE WORLD PEACE" together with
symbols depicting fish and grain, two of the most important sources of food.
Italian artist Orietta Rossi designed the medal.
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