To work towards a world where the freedom and dignity of every human being is valued and protected. To strive for a society where ‘no-one is left behind’ or deprived through poverty. To eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking in all its forms, and support those who work tirelessly against it.
I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
Founder Member of the Academy
The Galileo Foundation exists to promote faith-based initiatives with a Catholic and Christian ethos. It aims to support special projects of the Holy Father through philanthropy, with a special emphasis on the work of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. It also seeks to amplify the existing ecumenical relationships between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion as well as supporting Christian communities in the Holy Land whose existence is under severe threat.
Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, A scourge on the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.
10 April 2014
The Foundation will focus on the following key areas of support:
In recent years, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has engaged in important activities in defense of human dignity and freedom in our day, particularly with efforts to eliminate human trafficking and smuggling, as well as new forms of slavery such as forced labour, prostitution, organ trafficking, the drug trade and organized crime. As my predecessor Pope Benedict XVI stated, and I myself have repeated on several occasions, these are true crimes against humanity.
4 June 2016
His Holiness Pope Francis presenting the gift of a crozier, commissioned by the Galileo Foundation and carved from English oak, to His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury on the occasion of the IARCUM meeting between Catholic and Anglican bishops in Rome marking 50 years of ecumenical relations.
The Galileo Foundation co-sponsored a groundbreaking summit at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on 'Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism', with experts from over 80 countries represented at the Casina of Pius IV in the Vatican. The final declaration can be found here.