Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

National Catholic Reporter

Carol Glatz , Catholic News Service

Former Filipino "comfort women," protest outside the Japanese embassy in Pasay City, Philippines, June 25. (CNS/EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo)
Former Filipino “comfort women,” protest outside the Japanese embassy in Pasay City, Philippines, June 25. (CNS/EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo)

Vatican City —   As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity.”

Tens of millions of people are “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labor, and it is leading to their “dehumanization and humiliation,” the pope said at the ceremony Dec. 2, the U.N. Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Continue reading Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

Catholic sisters network, share hope on social justice issues

National Catholic Reporter

Jeannine Gramick

workshop-sAbout 150 women, and a sprinkling of men, from more than 100 congregations in 26 states and Canada, gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, for a national convocation, entitled “Entering the Transforming Future: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Ministry in the Coming Age of Religious Life.” It marked the first time that social justice advocates from congregations of women religious met together.

The timing of the conference, November 11-13, coincided with the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Although scheduling was coincidental, Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF, one of the event planners, felt it was “an example of evolutionary consciousness.” Continue reading Catholic sisters network, share hope on social justice issues

Gunmen kill dozens in attack on Kenya mine

Al Jazeera

Al-Shabab claim responsibility for the attack on a stone quarry that left at least 36 people dead.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack at a stone quarry near the border with Somalia [Al Jazeera]
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack at a stone quarry near the border with Somalia [Al Jazeera]

At least 36 people have been killed in an attack on a stone quarry in Mandera, northern Kenya, local sources told Al Jazeera.

About 20 gunmen, described by the Kenyan government as “heavily armed bandits” opened fire at the quarry in the early hours of Tuesday morning after separating Muslims and non-Muslims, sources said. Continue reading Gunmen kill dozens in attack on Kenya mine