Vatican City, Feb 12, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of legumes.
"I invite you to develop our art, to be vigorous and resilient like legumes, and to unite to end hunger once and for all," the pope said in a written message on Feb. 12.
The message was sent to participants in a virtual event organized by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to mark the Feb. 10 World Day of Legumes.
"Lentils, beans, peas, or chickpeas can be found on the tables of many families since they manage to satisfy varied protein needs in our daily diets," the pope said. "Legumes are a noble food with enormous potential to enhance food security worldwide."