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‘Make Every Effort to Protect Children – They Are Future of Our Human Family’ — Pope Francis’ Appeal to Institutions

Recalling World Day Against Child Labor Is June 12, Says This Problem Deprives Boys & Girls of Their Childhood & We Are All Responsible

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Every effort must be made to protect children … They are the future of our human family

The Pope launched this appeal to institutions for the World Day Against Child Labour, held this Friday, June 12th, during today’s weekly General Audience which took place this morning in the Library of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The Pope continued his cycle of catechesis on prayer, focusing on the theme: “The prayer of Jacob” (Gen 32: 25-30).

After his catechesis, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the faithful, in which he launched the appeal.

“This Friday, June 12th, is the World Day Against Child Labor, a reality that deprives boys and girls of their childhood and jeopardizes their integral development.”

Given the current health crisis in various countries, the Argentinian Pope recognized, “many children are forced into jobs that are inappropriate for their age, so as to help their own families who are in conditions of extreme poverty.”

Many cases, the Pope stressed, are forms of slavery and confinement, resulting in physical and psychological suffering.

“We are all responsible for this,” he said.

“I appeal,” the Pontiff underscored, “that every effort be made on the part of institutions to protect minors, by filling the economic and social gaps that underlie the distorted dynamic in which they are unfortunately involved.”

“Children are the future of the human family: all of us are expected to promote their growth, health and tranquility,” he said.

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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