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Pope’s Angelus Appeal: End Human Trafficking

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

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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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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': or

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