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Talitha Kum members hold a sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘It is never too late to take action’ against human trafficking

Feb 8, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope established the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 10 years ago to coincide with the... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023.

Pope Francis lauds Catholic saint who fought to end slavery in Africa

Sep 20, 2023

By Courtney Mares

St. Daniele Comboni witnessed “the horror of slavery” as a missionary in the mid-19th century in what is now Sudan. Read more

A view of Baltimore's basilica nestled amid the city's famed row houses.

Church commission investigates Baltimore Archdiocese role in slavery

May 12, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The commission includes academics, archivists, and other researchers who are poring through old documents and will unveil some of its... Read more

Fr. Richard Cassidy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, dresses in Roman prisoner garb as he holds a copy of his newest book, "A Roman Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians." Fr. Cassidy's eighth scholarly work, the book explores the subversive nature of St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians, which the apostle wrote from behind bars in a Roman prison cell.

Chained, not silenced: Sacred Heart professor's book infiltrates St. Paul's prison cell

Apr 30, 2022

By Dan Gallio

Paul’s epistle to the Philippians, composed in chains and secreted out of his Roman jail cell, is intentionally “counter-slavery” argues... Read more

A bronze sculpture of Saint Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims, will be installed in the Vatican.

Saint Josephine Bakhita sculpture to be displayed in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday

Feb 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The sculpture will be in St. Peter's Square ahead of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking... Read more

Stained glass of St. Patrick by C.E. Kempe in the church of St John the Baptist.

Patrick: The saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Mar 17, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his... Read more

A miner in eastern DRC.

Missionary priest rescues children from slavery in the DRC mines

Dec 27, 2019

Fr. Willy Milayi is a Missionary of the Immaculate Conception who lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He... Read more

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Oct 16, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Mauritania, the west African nation where slavery remains a widespread practice, is expected to be voted on to the United... Read more

Pope Francis prostrates himself before the altar of St. Peter's Basilica at the opening of the Good Friday liturgy April 19, 2019.

Good Friday at the Vatican: Christ is among the pariahs

Apr 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

At the Vatican’s Good Friday service, the papal preacher connected Christ’s Passion with all in history who have suffered the... Read more

Georgetown University.

Georgetown students vote to compensate descendants of Jesuit-sold slaves

Apr 12, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Students at Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a referendum that would create a new student fee each... Read more

Human trafficking in developed countries more common than previously thought

Jul 21, 2018

As many as 1 in 800 Americans is currently a victim of human trafficking, according to a new global report... Read more

How UK Anglicans and Catholics are teaming up to fight modern slavery

Jun 5, 2018

Anglican and Catholic leaders in the UK are teaming up to fight modern-day slavery through a free app that helps... Read more

Fr. Tolton.

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

May 12, 2018

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took... Read more

Pope Francis is greeted by a crowd at Padre Aldamiz International Airport in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Jan. 19, 2018.

Amazon not a 'no man's land', but a treasure, Pope Francis says

Jan 19, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis visited one of Peru's most biodiverse regions Friday, telling its inhabitants that while remote, their land is not... Read more

Venerable Henriette DeLille. Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

Dec 22, 2017

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life... Read more

Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

Jul 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S.... Read more

St Josephine Bakhita, former slave, is patron of trafficking victims

Feb 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As human trafficking continues to be a supremely important issue during Pope Francis’ pontificate, with an estimated 20 million victims... Read more


Pope dedicates December to praying for end to child soldiers

Dec 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his latest prayer video, which highlights his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis focused on putting... Read more

Do you buy shrimp? You might want to know about this

Nov 9, 2016

By Matt Hadro

When we purchase bananas at the grocery store or eat at a seafood restaurant, we might not think twice about... Read more


To stop human trafficking, look at root causes, survivor says

Oct 27, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Helping the victims of human trafficking is not enough – we must go to the root to solve the problem,... Read more