Slavery could seem like something from the past, but taking a good look at the reality of the world today we find that there are 27 million slaves. That is more than in any other period in human history.
The Universal Declaration of the Human Rights says: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Yet, every year 14,500 slaves are trafficked to North America.
What can we do to fight against this? How can we pressure governments to look to what is happening in the countries they lead? What we can do to help free the modern-days slaves?
The whole world needs to stand up together to end this exploitation of human beings.
To help us answer these questions and explain who the modern-day slaves are, Pedro invited Br. Xavier Plassat, OP coordinator of the Brazilian Pastoral Land Commission Campaign against Slave work. He gives us a new perspective on slavery in the world and points out some ways to stand up against this horrible reality.
In the weeks leading up to World Youth Day Krakow, I came up with the idea of doing a series of “WYD Memories” for our network, interviewing members of our team who attended past WYDs. Here at S+L we have many great personal memories of the WYDs since Rome in 2000 and we thought it ...read more
Mary Quinlan was 22 years old when she joined the Catholic Women’s League in her parish in Quebec. In those days, she says, the league had almost two hundred thousand members. From the moment she joined the league she was mentored by other members. “That’s what we did then,” she says matter of factly. Quinlan ...read more
Written by Ian Meaden and the St. Joseph’s Basilica World Youth Day Group. Well another World Youth Day has come and gone. I find for each one I have been to that my experience was always different and there is always something new that I have taken away. Now, I could write a full length blog ...read more
When I arrived a day early, the streets of Krakow were still empty. However, you could tell something special was about to take place. Last minute preparations were overlapping with first small, spontaneous musical performances and youth trickling in with flags from around the world. When our team came together the next day, I could ...read more
[Me alongside 1.8 million pilgrims at the overnight vigil.] Written by Celine Diaz Despite the fact that I was still in my early twenties, I felt extraordinarily old coming into WYD—which was ironic, because this event was obviously for “youth”. Yet somewhere along the way, I seemed to have lost my “youthful vitality” too soon. ...read more
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