- Dec 14, 2019
Traffickers have increasingly targeted Pakistan’s impoverished Christian population over the past two years, paying desperate families to give their daughters and sisters, some of them teenagers, into marriage with Chinese men.
The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England.
Pope Francis opened his Nov. 20-23 trip to Thailand by denouncing the exploitation of women and children, urging a welcoming stance to migrants, and promising that the Catholic Church is ready to help build a just and inclusive society.
In a message to young Catholics in Vietnam, Pope Francis offered prayers for a group of Vietnamese migrants who died while being smuggled into Great Britain in late October.
Francis’s visit to Thailand, a nation that has a Catholic population of less than 400,000, has been described as a “morale booster” for this small community that represents 0.58 of the total population of 69 million.
Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.