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Social Justice, Peace

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on this day last year: "In this crucial year for global development, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation. Let us build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.” 

February 8: Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita

Josephine was born in 1869 in the Darfur region of western Sudan. She lived a carefree, happy life with her family. At nine years of age, she was kidnapped by the region’s slave traders and sold as a slave several times.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto Welcome Syrian Families

In response to the Pope’s Year of Mercy objectives and the Sisters’ ongoing commitment to addressing social and community needs, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto are sponsoring two Syrian families who will make their way to Toronto within the next few months. 

Faith Alliance Meets with Ontario Premier About Human Trafficking

On January 11, 2016, Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking delivered 4,208 citizen-signed postcard petitions to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincial plan to combat human trafficking in Ontario. Four days later, Premier Wynne met with members of Faith Alliance about the need to take action. 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States. In a U.S. presidential proclamation, President Barack Obama called for businesses, national and community organizations, families and all Americans “to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.”   
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