Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG in Melbourne
Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG, Australian Embassy to the Holy See, visited ACRATH at Albert Park, Melbourne on Friday 12 December 2014. ACRATH members had the opportunity to share with him the organisation’s objectives and current activities. The Ambassador responded by sharing with the group the ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery’ (Tuesday 2 December 2014), and a booklet on the ‘Global Freedom Network’.
This was a very positive meeting, affirming the strong leadership of Pope Francis and the work of ACRATH to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking. At the meeting, one of the ACRATH members raised the global challenge of addressing the demand side of trafficking, the demand for cheap goods and the commodification of people. After the meeting, ACRATH members discussed the challenge to our country to ensure slavery-proofing supply chains. Members also discussed preparation of materials for the Australian Catholic Church’s celebration of the feast of St Josephine Bakhita on 8 February 2015. (Photo: Ambassador John McCarthy (3rd from left) with Members of ACRATH, Albert Park, Melbourne)