Global faith leaders GFN
make historic declaration 

The Church of England Communications Offcie reports:

Vatican City saw a truly historic gathering of global faith leaders on 2nd December 2014. The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other global faith leaders from the Orthodox, Jewish, Sunni and Shia Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities came together to make a joint declaration on ending modern slavery. In the Declaration the leaders committed themselves to an unprecedented joint initiative “to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world for all time.”

The faith leaders pledged “to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.”

Introducing the faith leaders, Pope Francis said: “We are inspired by our faiths and we have joined together here for this historic initiative.  We wish to declare that we will work together to eradicate the terrible scourge of modern slavery in all its forms.”

Archbishop Justin said: “In Christ we find our liberation restored. God treated humanity with such loving respect by choosing to take human form among us – so we must show that love and respect to all human beings.” 

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