Bishop Raymond Poisson participates in international conference on human traffickingTuesday, November 1, 2016
The Santa Marta Group, an international effort led by the Holy See to combat human trafficking, held its fourth meeting, October 26-27, 2016, at the Vatican, focusing on closer cooperation in anti-trafficking initiatives by the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies worldwide. The participants included the Most Reverend Raymond Poisson, Bishop of Joliette and member of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). During an audience at the closing of the conference, Pope Francis addressed the participants, reminding them on the need for a concerted, effective and consistent commitment to eliminate the causes of human trafficking and also to meet, assist and accompany those people who fall into its networks. Founded on the initiative of Pope Francis in 2014, the Santa Marta Group is chaired by His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales.