- Oct 27, 2020
Representatives from both the United States and the United Kingdom have praised the work of religious sisters to assist trafficking victims during COVID-19, arguing that their work is crucial as the world prepares for the pandemic aftermath.
When COVID-19 struck communities around the world earlier this year, religious leaders who had responded to the HIV pandemic for decades were uniquely situated to confront the challenges the new virus presented, said international health officials who participated in a three-day virtual conference on the interfaith response to HIV and AIDS.
Catholics will mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees during the ecumenical celebration of the Season of Creation, highlighting the obligation, as Pope Francis says, to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, said Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, Pope Francis’ point man on migrants, has voiced support for a German abbess facing trial for sheltering refugees.
The coronavirus pandemic “opened our eyes to the peripheries in our midst,” specifically to the contribution of migrant workers in essential services such as health care, transportation, sanitation and agriculture, said Cardinal Michael Czerny.
Augusta Ngombu had been orphaned as a child. Exploited and abused by a family member, she fled her home and ended up as a prostitute in the streets in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, where over 50 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty.