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Pope, other religious leaders in call to end slavery by 2020

Urge governments and other organizations to join forces against this 'crime against humanity'
Pope, other religious leaders in call to end slavery by 2020

Pope Francis greets "comfort women" at a Mass in Seoul, South Korea in August (Credit: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Published: December 03, 2014 04:45 AM GMT
Updated: December 02, 2014 04:54 PM GMT

As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this "crime against humanity."

Tens of millions of people are "in chains" because of human trafficking and forced labor, and it is leading to their "dehumanization and humiliation," the pope said at the ceremony on Tuesday, the UN Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Every human person is born with the same dignity and freedom, and any form of discrimination that does not respect this truth "is a crime and very often an abhorrent crime," the pope said.

Inspired by their religious beliefs and a desire "to take practical action," the pope and 11 leaders representing the Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Anglican, Buddhist and Hindu faiths made a united commitment to help eradicate slavery worldwide.

The leaders signed the joint declaration at the headquarters of Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican Gardens. The declaration recognized that any action that fails to respect every person's freedom and dignity "is a crime against humanity."

"We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored," it said.

 

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Source:Catholic News Service

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