Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

UN food agency counts on pope's support to combat famine

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Rome, March 19 - The head of the UN's Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday said his Rome-based
organization sees in recently-elected Pope Francis an important
ally in the organization's efforts to stamp out famine around
the world.
In a statement, FAO Director General Jose' Graziano Da
Silva said: "We look to Pope Francis as an important support for
the rights and needs of the most vulnerable children, for women
and for men wherever they may be".
Speaking on behalf of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Da
Silva also said in the statement that the United Nations looks
to Pope Francis as a "friend of the poor" and as an ally in the
organization's battles against famine, malnutrition and extreme
poverty.
"The support of the Catholic Church and of other religions
(is) indispensable in our challenge to eliminate famine, build a
sustainable future and improve the lives of the most vulnerable
among us".
Da Silva was one of the foreign dignitaries attending Pope
Francis's inaugural mass on Tuesday and he recalled how Pope
Emeritus Benedict also helped the organization by fighting
against speculation on prices of food products on commodities
markets.

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