2022 Assembly


‘’FASHION AND/AS SLAVERY’’ Report from Jana Urbanova


The STOP Human Trafficking team working at Caritas Slovakia, organised a unique Fashion Show which was held on the 21st August, in the gardens of Caritas Slovakia, with the intention of drawing attention to enslaved people working in the fashion industry worldwide.The event combined people’s enjoyment of shopping together with discussions on themes such as ‘The background of the fashion industry,’  ‘Modern Slavery,’ and ‘Material Donations to Caritas’’ – how these are linked to good purpose. Please click here to read the full report…

University of Nottingham offer 4 week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘’Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition.’’


Professor Kevin Bales, the world’s leading expert on contemporary slavery, Professor Zoe Trodd, together with contributions from a team of scholars and experts, will offer this online course, which will run over a period of four (4) weeks, and is offered free of charge. Registration and information is available in the attached, with the course set to commence on the 17th of October.

Nigeria Conference: Women religious to the forefront in the work to combat human trafficking


RENATE was represented at an International Conference on Human Trafficking Within and From Africa, 5-7 September, 2016, co-organised by Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Itinerant People. Caritas Nigeria hosted the Conference which was held at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), at New Lugbe in thhe Abuja Municipality.
Tune in to hear an interview with Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications, at the Conference.

On Sunday 4th September, 2016 in Rome, Mother Teresa of Calcutta is to be canonised.


RENATE extends its warmest wishes to the Missionaries of Charity on the Canonisation of Venerable Mother Teresa, due to take place at the Vatican on the 4th of September, 2016.
A phhngnoto of Mother Teresa with a burning candle at Mother Teresa’s tomb at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. (GSR photo / Julian S. Das)

RENATE member Adina Balan, CJ, reflects on attending World Youth Day, Krakow, Poland 2016.


The theme of the 31st World Youth Day, Krakow 2016 was “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).

This was my first time at WYD, and I hadn’t known what to expect. I was so happy to meet people from all over the world and to share with them some information about RENATE and human trafficking. My only expectation was to find the English or German speaking groups. News reports had predicted that there would be around two million people attending the events, but still I couldn’t imagine what such a crowd would be like. Please click here for more information…

Season of Creation September 1-October 4


On the 1st of September, Pope Francis launched the Season of Creation by celebrating the World Day of Prayer for Creation with a message  urging Catholics to view care for creation among the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Officially placed on the Catholic liturgical calendar by Pope Francis in 2015, the Season of Creation is a month-long prayerful observation of the state of the world, its beauty and the ecological crises that threaten it and all its inhabitants.
Because of continuing climate change, vast numbers of peoples are displaced annually, with thousands having to depend on others for their welfare and very existence. Many fall victim to being exploited for labour purposes. Countless others fall prey to human traffickers, who offer false hopes of better life-opportunities in the northern hemisphere.
A number of websites offer opportunities to help us connect together as a global community, to make a difference and take action for Creation, as follows:  to view the Pope’s invitation to prayer.
Additionally, log on to the Season of Creation website, to access resources and gain ideas for organising a Prayer Service and other activities.
Pope Francis letter is available at
Throughout the month, the various activities worldwide, will be posted to a FaceBook events page, which is accessible at
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.