- Jul 14, 2020
Italy being Italy, many of the unique moments during the country’s long coronavirus lockdown have involved the Catholic Church.
Among the beneficiaries of the pope’s charity during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak are a small number of transgender prostitutes in Rome, who, not having any clients, found themselves on the verge of homelessness and knocked on the door of their local parish for help.
Catholic organizations, from women’s religious orders to corporate watchdog groups, are working on many fronts to stem the scourge — and the crime — of human trafficking.
Speaking to some 60,000 members of Thailand’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis on Thursday called them to be missionary disciples, explaining that being a “mercenary of the faith” does not compel others to convert.
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.
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.