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Pope Francis: Human trafficking is a Modern Form of Slavery and a True Crime Against Humanity

Pope Francis said, Powerful economic interests and criminal networks were behind human trafficking

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November 8, 2016: Pope Francis on Monday decried people trafficking, calling it a “modern form of slavery”, a “true crime against humanity” and a “scourge which especially affects women and children”.

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“One of the most troubling of those open wounds (in the world) is the trade in human beings, a modern form of slavery,” Francis told a conference in Rome on human trafficking.

“It violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity,” the pontiff said.

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Powerful economic interests and criminal networks were behind human trafficking, “a scourge which especially affects women and children”, he said.

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“Indifference and even complicity, a tendency on the party of many to look the other way” must be fought by raising public awareness of human trafficking, better coordination by governments, judiciaries and security forces, he said. (IANS)

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Mass Resignations of Catholic Bishops in Chile Over Sex Scandal

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said he had no comment on whether Pope Francis would accept the mass resignation.

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In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.
Catholic bishops in Chile resign over the issue of sex scandal. Pixabay

In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.

Thirty one active bishops and three retired bishops on Friday announced their resignation after a three-day emergency summit at the Vatican to discuss Chile’s sex abuse scandal.

The simultaneous resignation of all the bishops in a single country is thought to be unprecedented, CNN reported.

The resignations came as the bishops said they placed the issue “in the hands of the Holy Father so that he might freely decide for each one of us”.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said he had no comment on whether Pope Francis would accept the mass resignation.

In response to the resignation of the country’s bishops on Friday, Marie Collins, a former member of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, said that the gesture was not enough.

“No bishop removed — all allowed to resign. Really nothing changes,” Collins wrote on Twitter.

In an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic church every bishop in Chile has offered his resignation to Pope Francis, in a case involving sex abuse scandal, media reported.
Pope Francis has not commented on the issue yet. Pixabay

Pope Francis called the country’s bishops to Rome after he received a 2,300-page report detailing sexual abuses by priests in Chile.

At the centre of the scandal is the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, whom Francis appointed in 2015 amid an outcry that Barros had known about and covered up abuses.

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The Pope stridently defended Bishop Barros, calling accusations against him “calumny”.

In an about-face in April, after receiving the Vatican investigator’s report, the Pope said he had made “grave errors in judgment”, and apologised to Chile’s sex abuse victims.

In May, the Pope met privately at the Vatican with three of Barros’ main accusers and asked their forgiveness. (IANS)

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