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Australian Catholics respond to ‘flourishing’ trades of human trafficking and slavery

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IN 2005 two Catholic religious sisters met in an Indooroopilly¬†coffee shop concerned at the trafficking and exploitation of humans and how the trade appeared to be flourishing. The two sisters, Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary and the late Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, started planning a response by religious orders and congregations. From that first meeting in Brisbane, a vast group ... Read More »

Religious say helping victims will entail stopping traffickers and the demand

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BRINGING the light of hope to ending human trafficking means confronting the brutal “darkness” of evil that is driving those who exploit others, said a number of women religious helping victims. Already “thousands and thousands of us are working in networks across the world to dispel this darkness, and it’s not happening, so we have to ask ourselves, ‘What do ... Read More »

As nuns face off against traffickers, priests asked to join the fight

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LEAVING their habits behind and disguised along with police in regular clothes, a small group of three or four nuns raid brothels in Kolkata, India, at night, snatching young women and girls as young as 12 from the clutches of their captors. In four years, “we have put 30 traffickers in jail”, Sr Sharmi D’Souza, a member of the Sisters ... Read More »

Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

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AS Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity”. Tens of millions of people were “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labour, ... Read More »

First world day against human trafficking set for February

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THE first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking has been announced for February 8, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who eventually was freed and became a Canossian nun. A November 25 press release from the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers said the day was intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection ... Read More »

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

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POPE Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said “terrorism” could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Meeting reporters on ... Read More »

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