In January, 2014, Bishop George Frendo OP came to the offices of Mary Ward Loreto to meet the staff. He encouraged them in their great work of social justice in the fields of empowering women, systemic change in the field of Education, the work with youth just beginning, and in the work of anti trafficking. He also spoke for a short time on the new encyclical written by Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and related many of the texts to the work of MWL. We felt very encouraged by his visit and grateful to hear the words of Pope Francis which also affirmed us in our work for social justice and freedom.
The following two texts are particularly relevant to the Foundation from this encyclical:
“211. I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour. Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.
212. Doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights. Even so, we constantly witness among them impressive examples of daily heroism in defending and protecting their vulnerable families.” Evangelii Gaudium. Pope Francis
Bishop George Frendo wrote the following encouraging words about the new Foundation, Mary Ward Loreto:
“Gloria in excelsis Deo” and “Alleluia” were the first words I uttered when I read this good news.” Bishop George Frendo OP.