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Standing Up Against Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a violation of human rights and a serious crime. The BC Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking defines trafficking as “the recruiting, harbouring and/or controlling of a person for the purpose of exploitation.” The exploitation of a trafficked person can take many forms including sexual exploitation, forced labour and coerced organ removal.

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• PEACE & JUSTICE NEWS - Blessed Sacrament Provicne (USA)

On December 7, Sisters from the Congregation of Notre Dame and the School Sisters of Notre Dame hosted a Vigil Prayer as a part of the follow-up to the Climate March. This VigilforLima, explained in an earlier intranet posting, was an important step in our carrying out our primary Justice Goal for the year 2014-15. It provided a concrete expression of our desire to be in solidarity with all around the globe who are committed to reverse climate change. I want to invite you to a few other steps. Many of the sisters have received your copy of Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion. I wanted you to have it available for Advent Prayer. The booklet’s use is self-explanatory. I am working with Sr. Joan to plan a good way to get them out to Associates. The booklets are a wonderful call to prayer and reflection. Believing we should walk on two feet in our journey of responsible care for Creation, I am including a few of the practical steps I gleaned from participating in Greenfaith’s Energy Webinars and some individual steps suggested by All are both practical and doable choices for individual action.

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"We Are Listening." Bridgeport Diocesan Synod

"This is a singular opportunity for us, as a diocese, to ask very deep, honest, and probing questions, so that we can transform the challenges we face into opportunities for growth and renewal. But perhaps most importantly, this is a graced time for you and me to accept the invitation of the Lord, in a very personal way, to grow in faith and holiness," said Bishop Frank Caggiano.

With that, Bishop Caggiano opened the second session of the Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT) November 15th. The atmosphere among the participants is very congenial; each seems genuinely pleased to be part of this effort. Bishop Frank Caggiano (cf. 11/10 America magazine editorial) also shared that 5 bishops at the recent USCCB meeting approached him about the synod and want to know more; we are sowing seeds…

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