His Eminence Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B. Joins Food For The Poor, Inc. Board of Directors

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 25, 2008)  – Food For The Poor, Inc. has announced the appointment of His Eminence Óscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, S.D.B. Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to its Board of Directors.  A native of Honduras, Cardinal Rodríguez formerly presided as the bishop of Honduras, served as the President of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras, and is the founder of the Catholic University of Honduras, “Our Lady Queen of Peace.”

Considered a rising star of the Latin American church, his campaign for human rights and the poor have won widespread praise.  Cardinal Rodríguez is admired as a dynamic pastor who brokered peace accords with rebels and led rebuilding efforts following a natural disaster.   He was recently elected as the new Caritas Internationalis President by the Caritas Confederation members.  His Eminence has served as the Vatican’s spokesperson to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the topic of third world debt.

According to Robin Mahfood, president of Food For The Poor, “Cardinal Rodríguez brings a depth of understanding about the burdens of poverty.  His wealth of knowledge in education, health care and human rights complements the core programs of Food For The Poor.  We are truly honored to have him participate with us as we continue to expand our commitment to serving the poorest of the poor.”

Food For The Poor, Inc. the 2nd largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed the millions of hungry poor in 16 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 1982, we have provided clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and emergency relief, with more than 96% of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.  For additional information, visit the website at www.foodforthepoor.org.

Ann Briere
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