Pope John Paul II endorses
International Alliance Against Hunger
5 December 2003, Vatican City --
Pope John Paul II today gave his backing to the International
Alliance Against Hunger promoted by the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations.
Pope was speaking at a special audience for delegates from many
of FAO's 188 Members attending the Organization's
biennial Conference at its Rome headquarters.
He said: "Our meeting today allows me to
express the appreciation of the Catholic Church for the
important service which FAO renders to humanity."
He went on: "Today this service is
more urgently needed than ever. Hunger and malnutrition,
aggravated by growing poverty, represent a grave threat to the
peaceful coexistence of peoples and nations."
He told the delegates gathered in the
baroque splendour of the Vatican's Sala Clementina:
"Given this close relationship between hunger and
peace, it is clear that economic and political decisions and
strategies must increasingly be guided by a commitment to global
solidarity and respect for fundamental human rights, including
the right to adequate nourishment."
"For this reason I am confident that the work
of FAO in establishing an International Alliance Against Hunger
will bear fruit in practical choices and political decisions
inspired by the awareness that humanity is one
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