VATICNA CITY, SEP 18, 2004 (VIS) - Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, made the following declaration today:
"Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, left today for New York to participate in a meeting at the United Nations to examine new ways to fight hunger and poverty in the world. It is a new initiative spearheaded by the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan, as well as various other heads of State, governments and international organizations. During his stay in the United States, Cardinal Sodano will also receive an award from the Path to Peace Foundation, which recognizes those who have worked for peace and he will give a conference at St. John University in Brooklyn on the theme, "The leaven of the Gospel in modern society."
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