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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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