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Workers carry sacks of grain in a warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the city of Abala, Ethiopia, on June 9, 2022. The Afar region was the only passageway for humanitarian convoys bound for Tigray.

Tigray food crisis deepens as Catholic leaders plead for relief

Aug 18, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Over 20 million people in Ethiopia rely on food assistance, but it was halted four months ago after the discovery... Read more

Pope Francis to UN chief: World hunger ‘a crime that violates basic human rights’

Jul 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope called for a “new mindset” in the battle against malnutrition. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis: ‘Be vigorous and resilient like legumes’

Feb 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of... Read more

World Food Program head David Beasley meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Jan. 28, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis meets World Food Program head as agency warns about child hunger

Jan 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met on Thursday with the head of the World Food Program, as the organization issued a warning that... Read more

Children in South Sudan.

Report: 690 million people went hungry last year

Jul 15, 2020

Almost 690 million people around the world were undernourished last year, according to a new United Nations report, continuing what... Read more

Vatican diplomat urges solidarity in face of growing world hunger

Jul 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a new report from the United Nations, an estimated 690 million people went hungry in 2019 -- 10... Read more

Warning of global hunger crisis, CRS launches campaign to help

May 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to worsen an already tenuous food situation for millions across the globe, Catholic Relief Services... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014.

Hunger must be fought by actively going to the roots, Pope Francis says

Oct 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Monday, Pope Francis issued a lengthy appeal to address the problem of world hunger not only through talk, but... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21 2016.

Pope Francis: World hunger is a result of indifference and selfishness

Jul 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday Pope Francis said that while hunger and undernourishment around the world can be an unsettling thing to confront,... Read more

It'll be tough, but this group says world hunger can end by 2030

Nov 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Some of the greatest challenges to ending hunger worldwide are “fragile states” threatened by instability, conflict, and climate change, a... Read more

 Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014.

Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, Pope tells UN

Nov 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic... Read more