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UN officials welcome Pope Francis’ commitment to support the poor and hungry

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United Nations officials today welcomed Pope Francis’ public commitment to support those who live in poverty and suffer from hunger, and expressed their readiness to work with the new leader of the Catholic Church on these issues. “We look to Pope Francis to champion the rights and needs of the most vulnerable children, women and men everywhere,” said the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano Da Silva, who attended the Pope’s inaugural mass at the Vatican this morning. (..) The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, who was also at the inaugural mass, praised Pope Francis for his humility and his dedication to serving the world’s poor in his native Latin America.