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Modern Day Slavery (Human Trafficking)

"Created in the image of God, treated like slaves ..."

"The human person ought never to be sold or bought as if he or she were a commodity. Whoever uses human persons in this way and exploits them, even if indirectly, becomes an accomplice of injustice."
(Pope Frances, Brazil March 5, 2014)

Modern slavery now affects 36 million people worldwide.

The following are extracts from the speech of Pope Francis on April 18, 2015 to the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, held from April 17 to 21 on the theme Human Trafficking: “Questions beyond criminalization”:

“In a global economic system dominated by profit, new forms of slavery have developed that are, in some ways, worse and more inhumane than those of the past. Following the message of redemption of the Lord, we are thus called, now more than ever, to denounce them and fight them. First, we have to be more aware of this new evil that everyone, in the global world, would like to hide because it is outrageous and "politically incorrect". Nobody likes to admit that new forms of slavery exist in their city, even in their own neighborhood, in their own region or country, whereas we know that this plague affects almost all countries. We must thus denounce the serious situation of this terrible scourge.”

“The light of the Gospel is a guide for anyone who is at the service of the civilization of love, where the Beatitudes have a social resonance, where there is a real inclusion of the lowliest. We must build the earthly city in the light of the Beatitudes, and walk to heaven in the company of the smallest and the lowliest.”

Message of Pope Francis for the celebration of World Day of Peace, January 1, 2015 "No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters"

“International Day of Prayer and reflection against trafficking in human beings”

The date of February 8 was chosen for the "International Day of prayer and reflection against trafficking in human beings", to coincide with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. St. Bakhita was born in the Darfur region of Sudan besieged in 1868. Captured at the age of 9, she was sold into slavery, first at home and later in Italy. After her life as a slave, she became a Canossian nun in Italy where she lived and worked for 45 years. She died in 1947.

500 slaves were entrusted to Anne-Marie Javouhey

1835 - 26 December, second departure of Anne-Marie Javouhey for MANA, French Guiana, where the government entrusted to her the preparation 500 slaves for their liberation. The sign below is found outside the French towns of Jallanges, where she was born, Seurre, where she was baptized, and Chamblanc where she grew up. It states: Here lived Anne-Marie Javouhey liberator of the slaves in Guiana.

For the position of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny Congregation on modern day slavery click the link ... Modern Day Slavery

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