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African bishops weigh care for 'street children,' responses to exploitation

September 11, 2012

More than 85 people from 31 different African countries have gathered in Dar-es-Salaam for a conference on pastoral care of street children.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Tanzanian episcopal conference and the Pontifical Council for Migrants, will examine strategies for coping with the problems of itinerant people, who are often targets for exploitation and abuse. Many street children are targets for human trafficking, and captured in prostitution, the drug trade, and other crimes.

Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants, opened the conference with a presentation on the "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road," the document prepared by his dicastery to help Church leaders devise responses to the problem.


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