One would hope that the descendants of slaves would have an edge in understanding the impact and consequences, both physical and spiritual, of buying and selling human flesh. But sadly, reflecting on the state of our nation, country and society, it would seem that such a hope has no foundation in reality!

In the past, no less than in the present time, the trade in human flesh results not only in the enrichment of a few and the oppression and victimization of many, but also, far worse, the dehumanisation of both the sold and the seller, the former in the body, the latter in the soul.

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Pope Francis has declared 2016 to be a year of mercy, that is, a period of time for the remission of sins and the extending of a universal pardon, with a particular focus on God's forgiveness and mercy, which we are to mirror. The inauguration of the Year of Mercy should be, therefore, for all apostles and defenders of human life an impetus to live more faithfully and preach more fully the message of the Gospel of Life in which Christ our Saviour calls us to be as merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful. (Lk.6:36)

St Augustine on mercy

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