Pope's Angelus Appeal: End Human Trafficking

Invites Faithful to Join Him Praying for Adequate Countering This ‘Form of Modern Slavery’

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Recalling that yesterday marked the World Day Against Human Trafficking, sponsored by the United Nations, Pope Francis said this making an appeal to end this phenomenon during his Angelus address Sunday, July 30, 2017, to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square at noon.
«Each year,» the Pope decried, «thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of sexual and organ trafficking, and it seems that we are so accustomed to seeing it as a normal thing.»

«This is ugly, it is cruel, it is criminal!» the Pope exclaimed, adding, «I would like to draw on everyone’s commitment to make this aberrant plague, a modern form of slavery, adequately countered.»

Pope Francis invited those present to join him in saying a Hail Mary for an end to human trafficking and to «convert the hearts of traffickers.»
After his appeal, Pope Francis greeted the various groups of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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