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Vatican releases guidelines to help Church fight human trafficking

The Vatican has created a set of pastoral guidelines to inspire and improve the Church’s work in addressing the crime of human trafficking and the care of its victims worldwide.

The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released its ‘Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking’ on 17th January at a Vatican news conference.

‘Pope Francis’ insistent teaching on human trafficking provides the foundation for the present pastoral orientations which draw also from the longstanding practical experience of many international Catholic NGOs working in the field and from the observations of representatives of bishops’ conferences,’ the text said.

‘While approved by the Holy Father, the orientations do not pretend to exhaust the Church’s teaching on human trafficking; rather, they provide a series of key considerations that may be useful to Catholics and others in their pastoral ministry, in planning and practical engagement, in advocacy and dialogue,’ it said.

The Migrants and Refugees Section also released a separate publication, ‘Lights on the Ways of Hope’, which compiles Pope Francis’ teachings on migrants, refugees and human trafficking.

Picture: A man walks past a banner reading ‘Stop human trafficking’ in 2018 in Valletta, Malta. The Vatican has created a set of pastoral guidelines to inspire and improve the Church’s work in addressing the crime of human trafficking and the care of its victims worldwide. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters).