VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on the world community to come together to eliminate the root causes that force millions of children into the world of slave labor.
Marking the World Day Against Child Labor June 12, the pope called for a renewed and united “effort to remove the causes of this modern slavery.”
Before praying the Angelus with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said exploitative forms of child labor deprive millions of children of their fundamental rights and expose them to “grave dangers.”
“Today in the world, there are many enslaved children,” he said.
The International Labor Organization estimates that 168 million children are engaged in hazardous, demanding or morally reprehensible forms of work that deprive them of basic education, dignity and development.
In its world day campaign for 2016, the ILO was urging businesses to guarantee their supply chains were free from child labor. It said companies can raise awareness among staff of the importance and value of education for children as well as offer financial incentives to keep kids in school.
It said businesses should help address poverty — the root cause of child labor — by paying adult workers wages that allow them to send their children to school.
Help keep Catholic media free, support CatholicPhilly.com
You may have noticed “pay walls” greeting you when you visit the websites of newspapers and magazines, both large and small. These mechanisms allow you to read a few articles for free before you’ve got to pay an annual fee if you want to see more.
You won’t find a pay wall on CatholicPhilly.com because we’re more than a news organization. We’re informing, inspiring and forming readers in the Catholic faith every day through the news, features and commentaries that we post on this site and share across social media.
It costs money to provide high-quality coverage of the local Catholic communities we primarily serve, while also distributing national and world news of interest to Catholics, plus the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith.
Help us in this mission by making a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: