In the past, Pope Francis used bananas as a tool for his teachings.
Now, he’s using another food: legumes.
In his letter sent to the virtual participants of a virtual event organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on World Day of Legumes, February 10th, he encouraged all to user legumes as a source of inspiration to be resilient in today’s world.
“I invite you to develop our art, to be vigorous and resilient like legumes, and to unite to end hunger once and for all. 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. Legumes are a noble food with enormous potential to enhance food security worldwide.”
He praised them for their ability to overcome barriers, saying they “lack pride and do not reflect luxury, while they are an essential component of healthy diets.”
He used them to show support for the manual laborers who harvest legumes, referencing the Latin origin of legumen, which “refers to the fruits or pods, which are harvested not by reaping but by pulling the plants by hand.
“Specifically, rural women and indigenous women have much to teach us about how effort and sacrifice allow us to build. Let’s imitate the beautiful and good acts of those rural women who do not give up their mission of feeding their children and the children of other families.”
He also vehemently decried the “deadly scourge” of hunger across the world, calling on all nations to “feed everyone in a healthy way, so that everyone has the same opportunities and we can build an inclusive and just world.”
You can read Pope Francis full message (via Google translate into English) here.