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» 04/10/2014
VATICAN
Pope: human trafficking, "a wound on the body of contemporary society "
Francis receives participants at the II international conference on Combating Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement Authorities in partnership. The meeting includes " law enforcement authorities, who are primarily responsible for combating this tragic reality by a vigorous application of the law. It also includes humanitarian and social workers, whose task it is to provide victims with welcome, human warmth and the possibility of building a new life”.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - " Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity". The statement made today by Pope Francis summarizes the aims and motivations of the Second international conference on Combating Human Trafficking: Church and Law Enforcement in Partnership (April 9-10, 2014), organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

The Pope received participants in the meeting, describing it as "important". But, he added , "it is also a gesture: a gesture of the Church, a of people of good will who want to scream 'Enough! The very fact of our being here to combine our efforts means that we want our strategies and areas of expertise to be accompanied and reinforced by the mercy of the Gospel, by closeness to the men and women who are victims of this crime".

"Our meeting today includes law enforcement authorities, who are primarily responsible for combating this tragic reality by a vigorous application of the law. It also includes humanitarian and social workers, whose task it is to provide victims with welcome, human warmth and the possibility of building a new life. These are two different approaches, but they can and must go together. To dialogue and exchange views on the basis of these two complementary approaches is quite important. Conferences such as this are extremely helpful, and, I would say, much needed".

"I believe - he concluded - that one important sign of this is the fact that, one year after your first meeting, you have regrouped from throughout the world in order to advance your common efforts. I thank you for your readiness to work together. I pray that our Lord will assist you and that Our Lady will watch over you".

 


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See also
04/18/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil
02/08/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The exploitation of people is "a shameful wound, unworthy of a civilized society"
03/20/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
Missionaries and 'Hidden Christians' still guide the Japanese Church, pope tells the country's bishops
11/05/2014 VATICAN
Pope: "the episcopate is not an honour, it is a service" to ensure the faith of communities
08/17/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - AYD
Pope ready to talk to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Vatican

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