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At UN, Vatican envoy deplores child trafficking

July 20, 2016

At a recent UN meeting devoted to the trafficking of children, the Holy See’s permanent observer said that the Church “has sought to fight to address its various causes, care for those it victimizes, wake people up to the scourge, and work with anyone and everyone to try to eliminate it.”

Recalling Pope Francis’s work against human trafficking, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that “the trafficking of anyone, no matter what age, is a crime against humanity. But there is something particularly abominable about submitting children to these barbarities.”

He added:

As a Christian and a Catholic bishop, I cannot fail to recall how Jesus reserves his strongest condemnation for those who hurt children, saying that it would be better for such violators to have a millstone tied around their neck and thrown into the depth of the sea than to face God’s judgment for such deeds. Jesus said this because he knows that children are particularly vulnerable and owed a higher level of loving protection.

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