28 March 2014

Anglicans and Roman Catholics to work together to end slavery

This month, representatives of four organisations, including the Church of England and the Vatican, signed an agreement to combat slavery and human trafficking.

The agreement to help eradicate an injustice affecting up to 29 million people was co-signed on 17 March 2014 by:

  • the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, Archbishop Sir David Moxon
  • the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science, Bishop Sanchez Sorondo
  • Dr Mahmoud Azab on behalf of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Egypt
  • Mr Andrew Forrest, the founder of the large international philanthropic anti-slavery organisation from Perth, Western Australia "Walk Free".
The Archbishop of Canterbury said: “Anglicans and Roman Catholics have, since 1966, been in serious and prayerful dialogue with each other, to seek the unity that Christ wills for his church in the world.

“We are now being challenged in these days to find more profound ways of putting our ministry and mission where our faith is; and being called into a deeper unity on the side of the poor and in the cause of the justice and righteousness of God.”

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