Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pope Francis delivers strong rebuke during general audience.

Pope Francis warns human traffickers, that God will cut them down. Referring to traffickers as "merchants of death" the Pope's speech, delivered on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor, served as a stern warning to those who trade fellow human beings.

Pope Francis has previously delivered powerful warnings against those who think they can buy and sell other people.

Pope Francis has previously delivered powerful warnings against those who think they can buy and sell other people.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, human trafficking, general audience, God, judge


ROME, ITALY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis went hard at human traffickers during his general audience yesterday, warning them that they would answer to God for their inhumanity to their fellow man. "One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the Pope said of traffickers.

He called for reforms of the law as well as upon parents to take better care of their children. Human trafficking often starts with the parents who might sell their children into slavery out of ignorance or greed, or grueling necessity.

Join a team committed to fighting the ills and evils of this world.

Pope Francis asked governments to strengthen protections for children and fir all people to "renew our commitment, in particular in families, to guarantee to every boy and girl the protection for his or her dignity and the possibility of healthy growth. A serene childhood enables us to look trustfully upon life and to the future."

Progress has been made. According to the International Labor Organization, the number of children performing dangerous work, typically under slavery conditions, is down to 85 million from a high of 171 million in 2000.

At the heart of the problem is poverty. Poverty creates many problems including hunger, ill health, and an uneducated culture where corruption can thrive. Parents, unable to feed everyone at the table, may sell a child to traffickers who promise to find the child work. From those wages, a certain amount of money will be sent home. It's a tempting offer, but most parents should also know it's a lie. Parents are paid up-front for their children who are taken away. Virtually none ever see home again.

Many children who become victims of human trafficking are simply used up until their masters have no further use for them. Then, they are released to the streets, forced to beg their living. In worse cases, they simply die and their bodies are unceremoniously dumped in garbage heaps.

While human traffickers may avoid the reach of the law for a long time, sooner or later, they will die and face the judgment of God for their lives of unrepentant sin. The justice of man is fleeting, but God's is eternal.

In the meantime, the Church and other agencies around the world are tackling this problem head-on. The Catholic Church, for example is providing crucial services to victims of human trafficking around the world, offering sanctuary and material aid.

Catholic Team Global is also doing its part, mobilizing Catholics to participate in a three-pronged assault on the very root of this problem and others. The plan is simple. Provide children with food and medicine so they will not face desperate times, offer them a moral education, based on Christian values so they learn to avoid corruption and how to provide for themselves later, and give them quality learning tools that will engage them and prepare them for the future.

This is the single-best way to combat human trafficking and other ills of poverty, by attacking poverty itself. Nobody prosperous sells their children. Children cannot be bought and sold unless corruption is also present. Catholic Team Global has the plan in action.

Are you interested in learning more about what Catholic Team Global does? Sign up here and become part of a global team of Catholics dedicated to doing good in the world.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Living Faith

Gee, thanks Pope Francis! Why it is now harder to get a miracle Watch

Image of Pope Francis has made it harder to certify a medical miracle.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has approved new rules that will improve scientific accuracy when evaluating miracles. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Before a person is beatified, a miracle is required. Before a person can be canonized, two miracles are required. Miracles provide ... continue reading


CT scan reveals Biblical discovery in ancient scroll Watch

Image of The scroll revealed part of Leviticus.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ancient scroll's charred remains were discovered after a fire at the Dead Sea. Scientists believed they would never discover what was written inside - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


Newsanchor's rosary and crucifix jewelry stirs up atheist community Watch

Image of Italian newscaster criticized for wearing crucifix and rosary beads on air.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Italian anchorwomen Marina Nalesso was criticized for wearing a crucifix necklace and rosary prayer beads while reading the news. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Daily Express, Nalesso has worn such accessories several times in the past without ... continue reading


Child saint recorded opening eyes in AMAZING supernatural video Watch

Image of Child saint recorded blinking her eyes 300 years after death (Obscura habitacion/YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A miracle was recorded at the Cathedral of Guadalajara when Santa Inocencia Bares (St. Innocence Bares), whose body is on display, blinked her eyes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - St. Innocence Bares was murdered by her father 300-years ago after she took Holy ... continue reading


Miracles...are a sign of God's presence' - Vatican changes miracle verification Watch

Image of Pope Francis approves changes for miracle attribution.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The ... continue reading


'...the death penalty can only function as ... killing'- Archbishop calls California to vote for Prop 62 Watch

Image of Los Angeles Archbishop pleads to end the death penalty.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Californians should vote for Proposition 62, a ballot measure to end the death penalty, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a reflection on justice, Catholic teaching and American society. LOS ANGELES, CA (CNA/EWTN News) - "It is time for us to end the death ... continue reading


'Vanity is like osteoporosis of the soul' - Pope Francis warns against false saints Watch

Image of Pope Francis spoke against vanity.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis delivered his morning homily on Friday, where he told the crowd which sin "sickens the soul." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic Herald, Pope Francis shared the root of all evil lies in the following three sins: Greed,  ... continue reading


'He saw the priesthood as a gift' - Oldest bishop in the world passes away Watch

Image of Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 - 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop. Newark, N.J. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Today this local Church of Newark ... continue reading


The modern-day miracles of Padre Pio Watch

Image of

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Known around the globe as simply "Padre Pio," Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the "most active" saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - "St. Padre Pio is a pretty ... continue reading


A year after Pope Francis in America, what has changed? Watch

Image of Pope Francis inspired millions when he took time to visit with prisoners and wash their feet.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It has been a year since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia and the United States, but has anything changed as a result of his time here? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In the year before the Pope's arrival in the U.S., the Church was rocked by scandal. ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 1:6-22
6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay attention to ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:46-50
46 An argument started between them about which of them was the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Cosmas & Damian
September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in ... Read More