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Pope Makes Appeal for Children’s Rights

Notes plagues of slavery, child soldiers and abuse, as well as need to promote right to education

As next Sunday, 20 November, is Universal Children’s Day, dedicated to promoting the rights of the child, Pope Francis today launched an appeal “to the conscience of all, institutions and families, that children always be protected and their wellbeing safeguarded, so that they never fall prey to forms of slavery, recruitment for armed groups, and maltreatment.”

The Pope offered this appeal at the end of the weekly general audience.

“I hope that the international community may watch over their lives, guaranteeing to every boy and girl that right to schooling and education, so that they may grow in serenity and look with trust to the future.”

 

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