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World News – Pledge to end slavery

As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “crime against humanity”.

Tens of millions of people are “in chains” because of human trafficking and forced labor, and it is leading to their “dehumanisation and humiliation,” the pope said on the UN Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

The Pope and 11 leaders representing the Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Anglican, Buddhist and Hindu faiths have made a united commitment to help eradicate slavery worldwide.

CNS

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