Pope Francis calls for end to slavery as prelude to peace

Monday 9 February 2015
By Denis Fitzgerald, Kairos Catholic Journal

EACH year the Catholic Church marks 1 January as the World Day of Peace, and each year the Pope issues a major statement to help build peace in the world.

Pope Francis’ statement for 2015, No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters, focusses on slavery.

The Pope’s commitment to ending slavery was well publicised in Australia during 2014, when mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest and his daughter Grace joined Pope Francis and other religious leaders at the launch of the Global Freedom Network. This network, with its pledge to work together to end human trafficking, and the commitment of the Forrest family, are examples of what this current message challenges us to engage in.

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Kairos Catholic Journal, Volume 26, Issue 1

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