Fighting human trafficking is one of Pope Francis' core commitments

16 Jul 2015
Source: 
Catholic Online

Catholic Online reports that human trafficking is a core focus of Pope Francis's pontificate. Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, displayed a letter handwritten by the Pope at a recent conference, urging his office to focus their attention on fighting human trafficking. The Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences recently organised a conference on "Trafficking with a special focus on children" in conjunction with the Swedish embassy to the Holy See, and Pope Francis has chosen as a theme for the 2015 World Day of Peace, "No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters," reaffirming the fight against trafficking as one of his core issues.

In December 2014, Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist leaders signed a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery, a public declaration of commitment to spiritual and practical action to help victims and eradicate this violation of human rights. At the conlcusion of the conference "Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery," in 2014, the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences issued a joint statement on practices to combat human trafficking, comprised of suggestions by media, religious institutions, civil institutions, and businesses.

When Pope Francis was an Archbishop in Buenos Aires, he established an annual mass for victims of trafficking, and he has been dedicated to the cause ever since.

 

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