- Aug 9, 2020
Addressing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a Vatican representative said the protection of rights and human dignity is not exclusive to the wealthy but also to the most vulnerable, especially victims of human trafficking.
As people spent more time online during the coronavirus lockdown, negative remarks and even the incitement of hatred based on national, cultural or religious identity increased, a Vatican representative said.
The Vatican’s foreign minister told a group of his European counterparts on Friday that discrimination against Christians might well be termed “the last acceptable prejudice” in many societies, and warned against what Pope Francis calls a “reductionist approach” to religious freedom.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Greek Catholic Church Ukraine says the country’s bloody conflict boils down to a contest between Ukraine’s desire to step forward into Europe, and Russia’s desire to step back into the Soviet Union.
Pope Francis told an international conference on anti-Semitism that we must fight against “hatred in all of its forms, but even more fundamentally, indifference.”
Pope Francis has made the fight against human trafficking, one of the largest illegal industries in the world with estimated profits estimated annually at $32 billion, one of the highest social and political priorities of his papacy. On Sunday, a U.N.-sponsored day against trafficking, the pontiff blasted it as “brutal, cruel and criminal.”