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US embassy to Holy See, women religious partner against human trafficking

Catholic World News - May 21, 2014

At a May 20 Vatican press conference, officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, the International Union of Superiors General, and the US embassy to the Holy See discussed Talitha Kum, a network of women religious dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Five years after its founding, Talitha Kum has launched a campaign to combat human trafficking at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“The US Embassy is proud to be here today to support Talitha Kum’s campaign,” said Kenneth Hackett, the US ambassador to the Holy See. “Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church.”

“Secretary [John] Kerry recently announced the State Department is planning to work with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to map and coordinate the Church’s efforts on a global basis to combat this crime,” Hackett added. “Recognizing the broad reach of the Catholic Church, we hope this partnership will be another method to share best practices and identify caregivers and advocates. And we hope it will ramp up our capacity around the world to be able to identify victims and get them the help they need.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - May. 22, 2014 8:32 AM ET USA

    Just a few days ago, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See was celebrating "International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia." What a slap in the face to Catholics everywhere and specifically to the Vatican!

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