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Pope Francis' handwritten note

Within weeks of assuming office, during the summer of 2013 Pope Francis wrote to the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, making a radical suggestion: 

Marcelo,
I think it would be good to examine human trafficking and modern slavery.
Organ trafficking could be examined in connection with human trafficking.
Many thanks,
Francis

This is how the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences began studying Modern Slavery to define the conditions under which this practice – as an affront to human dignity – can be rendered unsustainable.

Since then, the two Academies have held a series of events that have already had a notable social impact within and outside the Church to #EndSlavery forever. 

 

 

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#EndSlavery is an initiative of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Sciences for their work to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking, a task Pope Francis assigned to them in 2013.

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