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Fairtrade International pays courtesy call on Pope Francis



A Fairtrade International delegation met with Pope Francis on Monday, 23. November, to present the work Fairtrade is doing around the world to promote fairer trading conditions for more than 5 million farmers, agricultural workers, their families and communities.

The delegation of five Fairtrade representatives from Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Kenya and Mexico presented Fairtrade’s new, five-year global strategy to demonstrate to Pope Francis what Fairtrade can do to achieve social and environmental justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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The Fairtrade delegation also gave Pope Francis a gift box filled with a selection of Fairtrade-certified products, each with messages of support and gratitude from farmers from around the world, extending an invitation to His Holiness to become a prominent voice in support of issues that affect their livelihoods.

The delegation was received by Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace on St. Peter’s Square, in Rome. The private meeting with the Pope took 35 minutes, during which Pope Francis seemed pleased with Fairtrade’s work. The meeting was registered by the Official Vatican Press through Rome Reports.

Jeorge Wilson Kingson is the Managing Editor of ArtCraft Media Consult (Publishers of and, and a consulting Editor for The Corporate Guardian Magazine. He is the Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH). He is also the National Coordinator for the International Standards Journalism Association (ISJA) and the National Online Newsportals Coordinator for the Private Newspaper and Online Newsportals Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG). He is a senior member of Ghana's Parliamentary Press Corps. He is the ACS Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and a Peace Advocate