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Feeding the world is a top priority, Pope says in World Food Day message

Catholic World News - October 15, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI wrote the “everyone-- from individuals to the organizations of civil society, States and international institutions – needs to give priority to one of the most urgent goals for the human family: freedom from hunger,” in his message for World Food Day 2010.

World Food Day is observed this year on Saturday, October 16. In his message for the occasion—contained in a letter to Jacques Diouf, the director general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization— the Holy Father wrote that the drive to eliminate hunger will require a willingness to look beyond self interests and embrace “higher values of fraternity, solidarity, and the common good.”

Making food available to those who are hungry means not only making food available “but also that everyone has daily access to it: this means promoting whatever resources and infrastructures are necessary in order to sustain production and distribution on a scale sufficient to guarantee fully the right to food.”

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