WFP lauds Pope's commitment to humanitarianism

Published on 13 March 2006

James Morris, Executive Director of WFP, has hailed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s deep personal commitment to the service of the poor and hungry.

James Morris, Executive Director of WFP, has hailed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s deep personal commitment to the service of the poor and hungry.

The spiritual, moral and practical support of the Church and of Pope Benedict XVI is a special blessing. It gives us hope that love and charity can indeed triumph over hunger

James Morris, Executive Director of WFP

“It is an honour and a blessing to meet one of the world’s greatest humanitarian leaders, the leader of one of the world’s great religious organisations – the Catholic Church,” said Morris, head of the world’s largest humanitarian organization.

“All of the world’s great religions call on their believers to reach out to the poor, to feed the hungry. The World Food Programme is profoundly grateful for the extraordinary work that Catholic organisations and individuals perform across the globe,” said Morris.

Solace and aid

Together with WFP, Catholic Relief Services help hundreds of thousands of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Daughters of Charity, who follow in Mother Teresa’s footsteps, provide solace and aid to the poorest of the poor together with WFP in Cambodia and Mozambique.

WFP works with the Jesuit Refugee Service in its service of people returning home to southern Sudan, and with people displaced by violence in Colombia.

Valued partner

The International Catholic Migration Commission was a valued partner in Afghanistan, Albania and Pakistan.

In addition, many hundreds of parish churches, schools, convents and hospitals help WFP provide food to the hungry.

On 21 May, the Caritas movement will join WFP when we take to the streets of the world’s major cities, including Rome, to ‘Walk the World’ in solidarity with the hungry.

Invitation to WFP headquarters

The Executive Director extended an invitation to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to visit the international headquarters of the World Food Programme in Rome.

The World Food Programme works to assist the victims of food crises and poverty.

Sadly, 852 million people around the globe continue to feel the pain of hunger.

Some 300 million children are hungry; they are unlikely to grow to be as strong and as bright as they might have been.

Triumphing over hunger

Every five seconds, a child is lost to his family because malnutrition had rendered him too weak to resist disease. Malnutrition claims more victims every day than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

“We seek a world in which children can grow and learn safe in the knowledge that they need not fear hunger. We need partnerships with people of all faiths. The spiritual, moral and practical support of the Church and of Pope Benedict XVI is a special blessing. It gives us hope that love and charity can indeed triumph over hunger,” said Morris.

Morris was accompanied by his wife, Jackie Morris, Deputy Executive Director, Sheila Sisulu and assistant, Rina Manzo.