One of CRS’ major partners is the World Food Programme (WFP), which works with CRS, Caritas Internationalis and other organizations to provide food to people in need around the world. Because WFP partners with Catholic organizations, their executive director met with Pope Francis to discuss the situations in Syria and Palestine. From the World Food Programme:
ROME/VATICAN CITY – His Holiness Pope Francis this morning granted a private audience to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The meeting took place immediately upon Cousin’s return from Syria and following her recent visit to Israel and Palestine.
During her Papal Audience, Cousin briefed Pope Francis on the urgent needs of those affected by conflict in Syria, where WFP is planning to feed 3 million people in July, in addition to assisting almost one million refugees in the region. She also expressed concern about the deteriorating food security of one third of households in Gaza and the West Bank.
Cousin emphasised the key role played by WFP’s nutritional programmes in the first 1,000 days of life and subsequently, through the school meals it provides to almost 25 million children in 60 countries.