- Jan 28, 2020
In a video message he sent to an ecumenical forum being held in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis said that slavery is not a thing from the past, noting that some 40 million people are today victims of this industry.
With faith, people can confront and help overcome the evil of racism, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said in an April 17 talk at The Catholic University of America.
Descendants of Isaac Hawkins, one of 272 slaves owned and then sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838 to keep Georgetown University in Washington from closing, said talks with the Jesuit-run university have stalled, with one descendant, Dee Taylor, urging the school to “make it right, plain and simple.”
Speaking at a gathering organized by the GU272 Descendants Association and the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Father Bob Hussey, provincial of the Maryland Province, said, “We share a history — a history that is the history of slavery. Jesuits in my province almost 200 years ago owned and sold enslaved people, and they were your ancestors, your family. It is hard for me to say that, but it is the truth, and we need to continue to face that truth.”
A trio of Nigerian bishops condemned the enslavement of Nigerians who traveled to Libya for work, calling the practice a horrific abuse of human dignity.