January 1, 2015 begins a New Year of Grace with the Peace Message of Pope Francis titled: ‘No Longer Slaves, But Brothers And Sisters’ we are challenged to work for the end of this evil of Slavery and Human Trafficking today. Join us in prayer and action.
We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.(Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery, Dec 2014)
The liberating charism of Blessed Anne Marie urges us to reach out to these dehumanizing situations. We commit ourselves to fight against slavery in our world promoting the dignity of each person.(Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny Global Concerns Statement, 2012)
During this new year may we:
Live deeply with purpose
Live wisely, with humility
Live justly, with compassion
Live mindfully with awareness
Live in peace.
Follow this link for Pope Francis's World Day of Peace message: