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2017

Vatican Holds Conference focused on Grassroots Change with Human Trafficking

by David O'Neill

 

Though it is impossible to procure exact numbers (most estimates range between 25 and 46 million), it is understood that the amount of people in slavery is likely at an all-time high. Not only that, but it is a growing industry. According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is a $150 billion-a-year industry. Recognizing this crisis as an attack on human dignity and a grave moral crime, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences hosted a workshop with the Global Alliance for Legal Aid. The workshop brought together human trafficking survivors, clergy, religious, and international lawyers all focused on one common goal: the eradication of human trafficking. The goal of the workshop was to formulate a “Victims Charter”, a document that would clearly lay out the rights that victims have and give a framework for reintegration into society. The founder of the Global Alliance for Legal aid, a US based association of lawyers that provides legal help to third world countries, talked about the need to focus on helping victims after they are liberated as well as before. She was quoted in an article by Catholic News Agency as asking, “How is this person going to restart their life?”, noting that victims are often left with a “slew of problems” such as mental trauma, physical impairments, poor education and lack of employable skills.

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Nov

2017

Pope Francis Issues Clarifying Letter

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

Pope Francis issued a letter to Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, on October 15 correcting and clarifying a commentary falsely attributed to the Cardinal.

 

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2017

Acts of Violence Prompt Concerted Response from Church Leaders

by Lourdes Macaspac

 

On October 31, a 29-year-old Uzbeki man, Sayfullo Saipov, attacked civilians with a rental truck, killing at least eight people and injuring a dozen more. According to eyewitnesses, “he allegedly drove about a mile along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center at about 3 p.m. Eastern time before he slammed into a school bus”.

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Nov

2017

Bishops of Pakistan Declare Year of the Eucharist

by Jack Long

 

In an officially Muslim country plagued by sectarian violence, the Pakistani Catholic Church took a bold step and announced that an upcoming celebration of a Year of the Eucharist. The Year starts November 26th, 2017 and ends on November 25th, 2018, the Feast of Christ the King.

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2017

Global Christian Persecution Escalates

 

by Christina Villalonga-Vivoni

 

Christianity is the world’s largest religion. As of 2015, Christian has approximately 2.3 billion followers and the numbers have increased since the numbers were released two years ago. However, many Christians living in violence-ridden countries or under authoritarian regimes have reported numerous accounts of persecution. As of 2016, close to 600,000 Christians have suffered some form of persecution of faith, while almost 100,000 Christians have been killed for their faith in the past two years.

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Oct

2017

The Paris Statement

 

by Tess Daniels

 

In early October, ten well-known European intellectuals signed The Paris Statement: A Europe We Can Believe In[KD1] , in which they declared that a false and pseudo-utopian Europe threatens everyone and that all must defend the real Europe. This real Europe is defined by solidarity, civic loyalty, and patriotic love for the nation-state.

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2017

Las Vegas Shooting Inspires Passionate Catholic Response

 

by Jack Long

 

In the face of the murder of 58 people, the Church has moved to suffer with the people of Las Vegas.

 

In the immediate aftermath of October 1st shooting, the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer served as a refuge for those escaping the shooting and soon allowed the police to use its parking lot as headquarters of the investigation. Eight days after the shooting, the Shrine remained closed to allow police to complete their investigation of the shooting.

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Oct

2017

Church Urges Dialogue in Catalonia

 

by Tess Daniels

 

Catalonia, one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, lies in the midst of an independence controversy that has plunged Spain into one of its worst political crisis in decades. Secession in Catalonia has long been controversial, with separatists advocating fervently for Catalonia to become its own sovereign state. In an Oct. 1 referendum, declared illegal by the central government in Madrid, 42% of the eligible electorate cast their ballots, and an overwhelming 90% voted for secession. Police responded to the vote by shutting down polling stations, confiscating ballots, and even using batons and rubber bullets, leaving an estimated 800 people injured. Polling shows Catalans more divided on this issue than the referendum might lead one to believe, with 41% favoring independence and under 50% remaining unopposed.

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