‘Hugging saint’ Mata Amritanandamayi meets Pope Francis in Vatican

Amritanandamayi and other religious leaders had gathered in Rome on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: December 3, 2014 2:28 am
mata-with-pope Amritanandamayi and other religious leaders had gathered in Rome on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Hindu spiritual leader from Kerala Mata Amritanandamayi has met Pope Francis in Vatican on Monday.

Her Math in Kollam said the spiritual leader, known as hugging mother, sat next to Pope and signed the joint declaration of religious leaders against modern slavery. The declaration underlined that slavery, in terms of human trafficking, is a crime against humanity. Leaders of various Christian denominations as well as Budhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths had signed the declaration, said a Math release.

Amritanandamayi and other religious leaders had gathered in Rome on Monday, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, to sign a common declaration, showing their commitment towards the eradication of modern slavery by 2020.

“We are honoured and thankful that Pope Francis has gathered us here today under the auspices of the Global Freedom Network. I am optimistic that all global faiths are uniting together to inspire both spiritual and practical actions towards society ending the horror of slavery and human trafficking,” the release quoted Amritanandamayi as saying.

The initiative to bring together world religious leaders on a common platform was made by the Global Freedom Network (GFN), which is a faith-based global network with a vision and purpose to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.

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    Amit A
    Dec 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    This is a great step towards the noble cause of eradicating the slavery.Pope's speech was very precise. I was quite moved by the heart-wrenching stories Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi from India) mentioned of people who have been victims of slavery. I liked message read from Thich nhat hanh also. Imams and Rabbis spoke well.Best part was where Amma mentioned that the solution to this problem is not hatred but rather compion. I pray that this meeting of all those highly elevated spiritual souls be a turning point in the history of mankind to end to slavery. Let us all contribute to this noble cause and great initiative, at least by praying deeply that this noble cause be fulfilled. And if possible let us meet whosoever of these great leaders is easily accessible to us. I am planning to meet Amma soon.Thanks to youtube for enabling us to watch the full program live. Recordings are available on youtube.
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      Maheśvaran ॐ
      Dec 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm
      I am inspired by this rare solidarity between the major faiths. I hope it is a trend that continues and expands to help heal society and the planet.
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        Sunanda
        Dec 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm
        Deeply touched by such a courageous and great meeting! It shows such a high level of maturity among all the committed leaders of different religions! They all pointed out in united strength this human created crime against humanity. The unity amongst diversity was clearly reflected in their speeches. We are all an image of God, we all are reflections of the same source of light... May their resolve create more awareness about this tragic situation in the world!
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          Sunanda
          Dec 5, 2014 at 10:25 am
          Deeply touched by such a courageous and great meeting! It shows such a high level of maturity among all the committed leaders of different religions! They all pointed out in united strength this human created crime against humanity. The unity amongst diversity was clearly reflected in their speeches. We are all an image of God, we all are reflections of the same source of light... May their resolve create more awareness about this tragic situation in the world!
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            Arpana
            Dec 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm
            I was deeply moved watching so many leaders of divergent faiths come together to make this declaration. This is truly a milestone in the communication and cooperation amongst religions. May this trend continue forward, and may their goal to eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery by 2020 be realized!
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              Aparna
              Dec 4, 2014 at 4:10 am
              This is such great news! 2 amazing leaders united =)
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                Jaggu Kottilil
                Dec 4, 2014 at 7:47 am
                .It's inspiring to witness how this historical and illustrious gathering with great leaders of various faiths united in a common compionate cause for working to eradicate the horrors of human slavery that still plague our world. Thank you, Pope Francis, for organizing this groundbreaking event, the import of which glows in my mind as a symbol of hope and unity.Pure Love is the solution for the most of the problems in the world like slavery etc ,AMMA stated in Her speech in Vatican city ,AMMA showed to the world by practicing it and made changes in millions throughout the world by AMMA"s Life
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                  Jaggu Kottilil
                  Dec 4, 2014 at 7:26 am
                  Pure Love is the solution for the most of the problems in the world like slavery etc ,AMMA stated in Her speech in Vatican city ,AMMA showed to the world by practicing it and made changes in millions throughout the world by AMMA"s Life.
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