Vatican City, Aug 12, 2016 / 10:15 am
Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest 'Mercy Friday' initiative during the Jubilee.
On Aug. 12 he met the 20 women, all of whom have suffered severe physical violence and live under protection, who are cared for at the "Pope John XXIII Community" in Rome. Pope Francis has met with members of the community at the Vatican on several occasions.
The women present at the meeting are from all over the world, six being from Romania, four from Albania, seven from Nigeria, and one each from Tunisia, Italy and the Ukraine. The average age of the women is around 30 years.
A Vatican communique giving details of the visit stressed that the visit is a concrete sign of the Pope's repeated criticism of human trafficking, which he has called "a crime against humanity" and "a plague in the contemporary body of humanity, a wound in the flesh of Christ."