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WFP Executive Director congratulates new pope

WFP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CONGRATULATES NEW POPE

ROME - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today congratulated Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election as Pope Benedict XVI, saying it is a basic principle of every faith in the world to feed the hungry.

"WFP has had a tremendous relationship with the Vatican for many years. We share the same commitment to helping the world's hungry poor and we are looking forward to continuing our work together - to end world hunger, especially among young children," Morris said.

Morris, who described the late Pope John Paul II as a "great humanitarian", offered his best wishes to his successor as the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics. "We profoundly welcome him and congratulate him on his election," Morris said.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency; each year, WFP provides food aid to an average of 90 million people, including 56 million hungry children, in more than 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Brenda Barton,
Deputy Director Communications,
WFP/Rome,
Tel. +39-06-65132602,
Mob. +39-3472582217

Christiane Berthiaume,
WFP/Geneva,
Tel. +41-22-9178564,
Mob. +41-792857304

Trevor Rowe,
WFP/New York,
Tel. +1-212-9635196,
Mob. +1-6468241112,
rowe@un.org

Gregory Barrow,
WFP/London,
Tel. +44-20-75929292,
Mob. +44-7968-008474