February 20, 2018 – In its January meeting, the Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS) Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei formalised the inauguration of Arise, the CRMS desk for dissemination of information and coordination of anti-human trafficking initiatives between Institutes of Consecrated Life and their ministries across the three countries.
The idea for Arise had been conceived at the Southeast Asia Major Superiors Congress in Pattaya in December 2016, and discussed in CRMS meetings in 2017. In November, several religious and lay collaborators met in Kuala Lumpur to plan how Arise could work. One immediate outcome was the participation of three lay representatives at the Talitha Kum Asia meeting later that month.
The Arise desk will work in close partnership with the Global Shepherd network, and has joined the Talitha Kum network. It will also collaborate with local Church leadership and NGOs.
The CRMS has mandated Arise to organise an annual programme of awareness and engagement with the local Church and wider community, sponsored by CRMS, to commence in late 2018.
We continue to pray, as Pope Francis recently asked, “that the Lord may convert the hearts of traffickers … and give those who are caught in this shameful scourge the realistic hope of regaining their freedom”.