VATICAN CITY – The fight to end hunger is a long and treacherous fight, but today our community has gained an influential supporter, Pope Francis. Pope Francis recently held an audience with members of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he spoke passionately about the scandal of global hunger.
“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” said the pontiff.
Pope Francis pushed for the involvement of the international community in the fight to end hunger. He said,“This, I believe, is the significance of our meeting today. To share the idea that something more can and must be done in order to provide a new stimulus of international activity on behalf of the poor, inspired by something more than mere goodwill or, worse, promises which all too often have not been kept.”
Pope Francis said the economic crisis could no longer be used as an alibi for not helping developing countries end hunger. This alliance does not mean that the fight to end hunger has a religion; it merely means that the fight has gained an influential ally. As the FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva stated, “The fight against hunger must have no color, no religion, no political affiliation. Ending hunger is absolutely necessary if we want a truly sustainable and more secure future. It makes political and economic sense, but morally and ethically, it is also the right thing to do.”
There are still 870 million people in this world who suffer from hunger. However, this alliance with Pope Francis represents a big step in the right direction.
– Catherine Ulrich