- May 28, 2020
As swarms of desert locusts continued to advance in Kenya, Catholic leaders urged local communities to use all means possible to fight the herbivorous insects — even cooking them.
If the world is to succeed in eradicating the scourge of hunger, it must first fight against the indifference, apathy and broken promises that allow the crisis to continue, Pope Francis said.
During a speech to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday, Pope Francis urged the international community to talk less about chronic problems such as hunger, war and climate change, and do more to combat them — including a not-so-subtle call to the Trump administration in the United States not to abandon the Paris climate change agreements.
After a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization found that global hunger is increasing for the first time in a decade, Monsignor Fernando Chica, the Holy See’s observer to the UN agency, called the results a “defeat for humanity,” and said the findings represent a global “call to solidarity.”