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Pope: Hunger caused by ‘indifference of many, selfishness of a few’

The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of those suffering hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis said.

In a message to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation conference on 3rd July, the pope said wars, terrorism and forced displacements are not “inevitable but rather the consequence of concrete decisions” that have led to the lack of food and adequate nutrition to the helpless.

“We are dealing with a complex mechanism that mainly burdens the most vulnerable, who are not only excluded from the processes of production, but frequently obliged to leave their lands in search of refuge and hope,” the pope said in the message read to the conference by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

The Vatican published the message on 3rd July.

Cardinal Parolin also told participants that Pope Francis would visit the FAO headquarters in Rome on 16th October to attend a conference on World Food Day on the theme ‘Changing the future of migration’.

Picture: An indigenous woman in Cancun, Mexico, shows genetically modified corn. (CNS photo/Alonso Cupul, EPA).