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Religious sisters on the front lines of the war against human trafficking

“Any man, woman or child who has been trafficked, or could be trafficked, clearly needs our unconditional love.”

2019.03.02.

Highlighting the plight of human trafficking victims is an essential Christian duty, says Pope

Pope addresses the topic of slavery on the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking victims.

2019.02.09.

Vatican publishes resource to aid the battle against human trafficking

“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”

2019.01.21.

UK Cardinal backs anti-trafficking conference in Nigeria

Organised by the Santa Marta Group (preventing human trafficking and modern slavery), the conference has as its theme ‘Church and state working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons’.

2018.11.14.

Slave ship alert in the run-up to Sea Sunday

There are cases of seafarers and fishermen being effectively imprisoned on their ships, not paid wages and held in a modern-day form of press-ganging and slavery, says Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

2018.07.05.

John Hughes: from young emigrant to Archbishop of New York

“People laughed when Archbishop Hughes began to plan a cathedral on what was then the remote 51st Street on 5th Avenue. They called it ‘Hughes’s Folly’, but time would show that ... Archbishop Hughes was ahead of the rest in anticipating the growth and future strategic importance of mid-Manhattan.”

2017.06.26.

Anti trafficking Gift Box project hits Irish streets

The walk-in piece of public art is intended to get people’s attention. Its gift box exterior symbolises the way traffickers entice their victims with false promises.

2017.03.01.

Pope highlights plight of women enslaved by prostitution

On the Feast of the Assumption, Pontiff calls attention to women "forced to surrender in both body and spirit to the avarice of men".

2016.08.16.

Bishop extols peace of Lourdes to Clogher pilgrims

In contrast to the “holiness, solitude and peacefulness” of the French Marian shrine, daily lives are typically drenched with stories and images from social media, newspapers, magazines, television and films.

2016.07.10.

Pope pledges support for efforts of St Marta group

Group's efforts to free the victims of new forms of slavery, rehabilitate them, and unmask the traffickers and those who create this market praised.

2015.10.31.

Pope defends Church’s teaching on marriage

God’s dream for his creation is to see it fulfilled “in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self”.

2015.10.05.

‘What can we do to tackle scandal of trafficking’

Catholic Primate says New Year's resolution should include personal and public awareness of what trafficking is and how it can be prevented.

2015.01.01.

Pope Francis appeals for an end to slavery

Message for ‘World Day of Peace’ tackles human slavery, migration, slave labour, organ trafficking, those forced into prostitution, and child soldiers.

2014.12.11.

Women were the founders of Christianity: historian

Following St Paul's admonishment in 55AD, ‘Let the women be silent in the churches’, the equality between women and men in the early church began to change.

2014.09.24.

Pope focuses on slavery for World Day of Peace

This social plague remains all too real in today’s world Pontiff warns.

2014.08.22.

First ever World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Washington official stresses the important role the Church has played in defining trafficking as a crime against humanity.

2014.07.31.

Pope pushes for response to human trafficking

"The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights”.

2013.08.25.
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