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Together against slavery

· The Pope points out the goal of full unity to the Archbishop of Canterbury ·

A renewed commitment to “the scourge of human trafficking and forms of modern-day slavery”. Pope Francis underlined this on Monday morning, 16 June, in his audience with His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion. “At our first meeting, Your Grace and I discussed our shared concerns and our pain before a number of grave evils afflicting our human family,” the Pope recalled, thanking the Primate for his leadership “in opposing these intolerable crimes against human dignity”.

“In attempting to respond to this urgent need,” he said, “notable collaborative efforts have been initiated on the ecumenical level and in cooperation with civil authorities and international organizations. Many charitable initiatives have been undertaken by our communities, and they are operating with generosity and courage in various parts of the world. I think in particular of the action network against the trafficking in women set up by a number of women’s religious institutes. Let us persevere in our commitment to combat new forms of enslavement, in the hope that we can help provide relief to victims and oppose this deplorable trade. I thank God that, as disciples sent to heal a wounded world, we stand together, with perseverance and determination, in opposing this grave evil”.

During the meeting, which included a moment of common prayer in the Chapel of Urban VIII, Pope Francis underlined the goal of full unity, even though it may seem far-away, “it always remains the goal towards which we must guide every step of the ecumenical journey we are taking together.”

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St. Peter’s Square

Nov. 15, 2018

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