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Leaders In The Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse Talk About Why A World Congress is Needed - Perspectives Daily

October 3, 2017
In today’s extended edition of Perspectives, we’ll continue our highlight coverage of the “Child Dignity in the Digital World” congress, with some exclusive interviews from the Gregorian University in Rome. But first, we go to a nation in mourning.
In Las Vegas, a gunman, identified by police as Stephen Craig Paddock, unleashed a shower of bullets from his hotel room window late Sunday night, onto an outdoor music festival, killing by the latest count, 59 people and wounding 500 or more.  A statement issued by the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, said that the nation has experienced yet another night filled with unspeakable terror. "We need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering". My heart and my prayers, and those of my brother bishops, and all members of the Church go out, to the victims of this tragedy and to the city of Las Vegas.
Catholic bishops and other Catholic leaders around the country including the Pope,  issued statements expressing sadness at the horrific developments in Las Vegas, offering prayers for the victims and praising first responders, and bystanders for their efforts at the scene.
Back to the world congress on “Child Dignity in the Digital World” at the Gregorian University in Rome where world leaders have gathered to discuss ideas and policies, on how to keep children safe online, and to set a global agenda for the fight against online child sexual abuse.
Today, our very own Fr. Thomas Rosica had a chance to interview a number of key speakers at the congress, all leaders in the fight against child sex abuse in their own area, the first being Fr. Federico Lombardi, The President of the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation. He was personally involved in addressing the issue of child abuse & protection under the pontificate of Pope Benedict.
The Right Hon. Baroness Joanna Shields is a technology-industry veteran and parliamentarian, who served as the UK’s Minister for Internet Safety and Security from 2015 to 2017. She is a committed advocate of child safety online, and the founder the WePROTECT Global Alliance, an organization that seeks to eradicate child sexual exploitation globally. As one of the key organizers of the congress, she talks to us about her thoughts on the conference and the role her organization WePROTECT, plays in this fight.
And finally, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State talks to us about why it’s important for the Church to be behind this congress and, on the forefront of this effort.
Now, the congress continues until this Friday and we will bring you more interviews in the days to come. For more information on the speakers and topics, on you can visit their website here.
That is all for today. Join us again tomorrow when we bring you more of the latest news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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