Vatican Will Analyze Trafficking in Persons

Vatican Will Analyze Trafficking in Persons

August 27, 2013 La Casa de Jardin

VATICAN CITY (Notimex). – The Vatican announced the formation of a preparatory group to analyze the phenomenon of human trafficking in the world and promote actions to combat it, by initiative of Pope Francisco.

The group will be coordinated by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC). Its first meeting will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of November.

Specialists from around the world, including the leader of the Argentinian association La Alameda and personal friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Gustavo Vera, will speak at the headquarters of the Academy located at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens.

The Vatican Radio reported that the meeting aims to “establish a real situation” of both human trafficking and other “modern forms of slavery” as well as outline “a plan of action to combat them.”

“No one can deny that human trafficking is a terrible crime against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental rights,” said the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

“Some observers argue that within a few years the trafficking in persons will exceed trafficking in drugs and weapons, making it the most lucrative criminal activity in the world,” he added.

Surprise Call

On the other hand, yesterday news that Francisco surprised a young Italian a few days ago by telephoning him after he wrote a letter was spread. The Italian press reported that Cabizza Stefano, 19, was shocked when he heard the : “Hi, I’m the Pope Francisco”, as he answered the phone.

“He told me to talk to him casually: Do you think the apostles would speak casually to Jesus? They were his friends, like now you and I, and I speak casually to my friends ,” told the young man.

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