Pope Benedict the 16th has pledged the Catholic Church‘s support to global efforts aimed at eliminating hunger which now afflicts about one billion people worldwide.
The Pope in his address during the official opening of the world summit on food security in Rome today described hunger as the cruelest and most visible evidence of poverty among populations of the world.
The Pope, in one of his rare public appearances, said the Catholic Church will remain committed to efforts and actions taken to defeat hunger and poverty from the face of the world.
He called for the preservation of the environment if the ongoing efforts to address the challenges of climate change are to bear positive results.
President Rupiah Banda is among attending the three day summit being held at the FAO headquarters in the Italian capital Rome.
The president is scheduled to deliver his statement to the summit this afternoon.