» 04/10/2014, 00.00
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”.
Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil
At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."
Pope: The exploitation of people is "a shameful wound, unworthy of a civilized society"
Marking the International Day of Prayer against Trafficking in persons, Francis asks world leaders to “move decisively" to remove "this scourge". Bring "the light of the Word of God and the power of grace" to people who suffer and caregivers. "Caring for a sick person, welcoming him, serving him is to serve Christ, the sick person is the flesh of Christ. This also happens in our time, when, despite the many achievements of science, people’s inner and physical suffering raises serious questions about the meaning of disease and pain and of the death".
23/09/2015 VATICAN - UNITED STATES
Pope in the US: for bishops, the greatest joy is to be “only shepherds"
In his meeting with US bishops, Francis noted the Church’s "difficult moments" due to "crimes" that should “never be repeated." Stressing their unity with the Successor of Peter, he added that "We are promoters of the culture of encounter" and dialogue with everyone. "We need to learn from Jesus, or better to learn Jesus, meek and humble; to enter into his meekness and his humility by contemplating his way of acting."
20/03/2015 VATICAN - JAPAN
Missionaries and 'Hidden Christians' still guide the Japanese Church, pope tells the country's bishops
During the Japanese prelates' ad limina visit, Francis focuses on the role played by foreign missionaries and Nagasaki's Catholics who refused to give up their faith. Bishops have to be "brothers and fathers to their priests, take care of missionaries, and encourage the religious and the laity." His full address follows.
Pope: "the episcopate is not an honour, it is a service" to ensure the faith of communities
"It is sad when we see a man who seeks this office and does all he can to get it and when he gets it does not serve, instead goes around like a peacock and lives only for his vanity." " The Bishops too are a single college, gathered around the Pope, who is the guardian and guarantor of this profound communion that was so dear to Jesus and His apostles themselves. How beautiful, then, when the bishops, with the Pope, express this collegiality".
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