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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

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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

Woman.

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

Georgetown University.

Georgetown announces steps to make amends for 1838 slave sale

Sep 6, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

Nearly 200 years after hosting a slave sale on campus in order to pay off school debt, Georgetown University has... Read more

'Forced to endure hell' – A severe new report on human trafficking

Jun 30, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. government released its annual human trafficking report Thursday, drawing praise but also some criticism for allegedly giving some... Read more

Catholic groups say this US bill could fight modern day slave labor

Aug 27, 2015

A proposed federal bill to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the corporate supply chain is an opportunity for... Read more

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Sunday will be the first International Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

Feb 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has organized the first-ever international day of prayer and reflection against human trafficking, in hopes that the world... Read more

Change of heart toward money called crucial in trafficking fight

Jul 30, 2014

At a Vatican conference held Tuesday to mark the World Day against Trafficking, a U.S. diplomat emphasized that the scourge... Read more