Pope Francis hails Zambia

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Pope Francis has encouraged Zambia to continue with its constructive role in the international community and help in combating human trafficking.

Speaking when Zambia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Paul Lumbi presented his credentials to him at the Vatican today, Pope Francis who also addressed sixteen other diplomats said he is deeply troubled by the scourge of human trafficking because it threatens the very dignity of humanity.

Pope Francis says human trafficking is a true form of slavery and that it is a reality that affects the most vulnerable in society.

He says there is need to put energies together so that women, men and children can be freed, thereby putting an end to what he described as a horrible trade.

Pope Francis regretted that in this age, the world still has millions of people who are victims of forced labour and human trafficking for purposes of manual work and sexual exploitation.

He says human trafficking is a crime against humanity, hence the need to unite with a shared responsibility and firmer political will to gain victory on this victory.

And Ambassador Lumbi informed the Pope that President Michael Sata is extremely appreciative of the role the Catholic Church is playing in promoting human dignity in the world.

This is contained in a statement issued to QFM News by first Secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission to London Amos Chanda.