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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.

Modern Day Slavery: Helping one victim at a time

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It's an issue so overwhelming, it's often difficult to grasp. The numbers are staggering and human trafficking seems to affect every corner of the world. Here are the voices and the faces of those who've lived the tragedy...and survived. 

From housekeepers to prostitutes, there's an estimated 30 million slaves in the world today. 

"It's like, I'm in prison because they don't allow me to go outside, by myself.”

According to the United Nations, an estimated 80 percent of the victims are sexually exploited.  Roughly 18 percent are victims of forced labor. 

One of the goals of this video released by Catholic Charity Caritas along with members of COATNET, is to get the word out and start to help. 

COATNET stands for Christian Organizations Against Human Trafficking of Human Beings.  
Sometimes it's a matter of simply knowing that victims can reclaim their human dignity. 


"You become an object. You become something. You become something, like you can make money from gold, tomatoes, apples and fruits. You can make it from human beings.” 

Through COATNET's website, there's info on how and where survivors can reach out for help. It also gives tips for communities to work together and fight modern day slavery. 

From targeting the root cause of poverty to anti-trafficking laws. These are among the goals of COATNET. Even though the task can be overwhelming, progress is being made, one case at a time. 



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