Posts Tagged ‘Church’

How the SDGs and the Church can help the fight against human trafficking

November 9, 2016

Written by Dadirai Chikwengo, who is a CAFOD partner and an advocacy coordinator for Caritas Internationalis

The Catholic Church has recently been demonstrating the leading role it is playing in the fight against trafficking. In October, Pope Francis met participants at an international conference on combating human trafficking. Later in the same week, young people from around the world were invited to provide solutions to the scourge of human trafficking at a joint Holy See-UN initiative focused on how young people can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The event was also a nod to the role that the SDGs and faith groups such as the Catholic Church have in the fight against human trafficking.


How the SDGs aim to tackle trafficking

The SDGs provide a key tool to tackle trafficking. Five of the 17 goals refer to the issue: a recognition of poverty’s role in creating a supply chain of human beings. The framework’s focus on ending poverty provides an opportunity to stymie this chain.

Learn about CAFOD’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals


Why the Church must be involved in politics

May 27, 2011

There seems to be an increasingly vocal minority of what can only be termed secular fundamentalists in the UK who want the Church and other faiths to stay out of politics because they disagree with parts of its agenda.  By politics I mean having an influence on policy and being involved in providing services.

Such thinking is not only deeply illiberal (ironic when many of the most passionate advocates of this cause claim strong liberal credentials), it goes against the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.