Gov. Edwards meets Pope Francis - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Gov. Edwards meets Pope Francis

Source: Governor's Office Source: Governor's Office
(WAFB) -

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards met with Pope Francis on Wednesday during a visit to Italy to discuss human trafficking prevention.

Edwards and other state leaders, including Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, left for Rome on Friday. The group asked the Pope to bless the pioneering work going on in Louisiana to prevent human trafficking and to protect victims of human trafficking. 

Work being done in Louisiana includes special training for police officers and the opening of a shelter for 16 young women in a secure location near Baton Rouge.  

RELATED: New details released on Gov. Edwards trip to Italy to discuss human trafficking issues

The Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy also traveled with the governor. They worked with the governor to establish Metanoia Manor, the shelter for human trafficking victims.   

Edwards and his wife, Donna, were invited to a special meeting with Pope Francis to discuss further cooperation between churches and the state to combat human trafficking.

Copyright 2017 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Exchange your child's old car seat for a voucher to get a new one at Target

    Exchange your child's old car seat for a voucher to get a new one at Target

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:27 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:27:04 GMT
    (Source: Target)(Source: Target)

    Are you in the market for a new child's car seat? If you have an old one, exchange it at Target for a voucher that can be used to purchase a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, or travel system.

    More >>

    Are you in the market for a new child's car seat? If you have an old one, exchange it at Target for a voucher that can be used to purchase a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, or travel system.

    More >>
  • Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady

    Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:42:41 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:06:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump walks down the stairs of Air Force One during his arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 19, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump walks down the stairs of Air Force One during his arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 19, 2018.
    President Donald Trump is not planning to attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, choosing instead to send his wife, first lady Melania Trump. Trump frequently assailed members of the Bush family...More >>
    President Donald Trump is not planning to attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, choosing instead to send his wife, first lady Melania Trump. Trump frequently assailed members of the Bush family during his 2016 campaign.More >>
  • BREAKING

    Walter Moody executed by the state of Alabama

    Walter Moody executed by the state of Alabama

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:15:05 GMT
    Walter Moody (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)Walter Moody (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    The state of Alabama has executed Walter Leroy Moody Jr.

    More >>

    The state of Alabama has executed Walter Leroy Moody Jr.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly