The World Food Programme Embraces The Newly-Chosen Pope’s Commitment To Serving The Poor

Published on 19 March 2013

ROME – Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN's World Food Programme, will join world leaders in Rome, Italy, for the inaugural mass of Pope Francis, the newly chosen head of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church.

Cousin praised Pope Francis (formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina) for his humility and his dedication to serving the world’s poor in his native Latin America.

“We welcome the voice of Pope Francis in advocating for the poor and hungry,” she said. “The Church has enormous influence in shaping policies that can reduce hunger in the developing world, and we celebrate Pope Francis’s interest in helping those in need.”

The mass will take place on 19 March at 09:30 at St. Peter’s in Rome. Cousin was invited to represent WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

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