Vatican City, Oct 16, 2020 / 13:00 pm
In a video message for World Food Day Friday, Pope Francis expressed concern that tons of food is being thrown away while people continue to die for lack of food.
"For humanity, hunger is not only a tragedy but it is also shameful," Pope Francis said in a video sent to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 16.
The pope noted that the number of people struggling with hunger and food insecurity has been growing and that the current pandemic will further exacerbate this problem.
"The current crisis shows us that concrete policies and actions are needed to eradicate hunger in the world. Sometimes dialectical or ideological discussions take us far from reaching this goal, and we allow our brothers and sisters to continue dying for lack of food," Francis said.