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URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS

 

Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013 by Pope Francis
“Peace in the whole world, still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness
which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most
extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century; human trafficking is the most extensive form
of slavery in this twenty-first century! Peace to the whole world, torn apart by violence linked to
drug trafficking and by the iniquitous exploitation of natural resources! Peace to this our Earth!
Made the risen Jesus bring comfort to the victims of natural disasters and make us responsible
guardians of creation.”

Pope Paul VI on Human Trafficking

 

PASTORAL CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH IN THE MODERN WORLD
GAUDIUM ET SPES
PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS, POPE PAUL VI ON DECEMBER 7, 1965
Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion,
euthanasia or wilful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as
mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults
human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery,
prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where
men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things
and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to
those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme
dishonor to the Creator. (Gaudium et Spes, 27)