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International Day of Prayer against Trafficking, 8th February 2015

 

Pope Frances has strongly denounced many times the trafficking of human beings, defining it as «a crime against humanity» and calling on all to fight and looking after the victims. Responding to the Holy Father’s plea

Pontifical Council of Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

International Union of Superiors General (UISG and USG)

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

promote an

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER & AWARENESS

AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The First International Day will be celebrated in all dioceses and parishes in the world, in the groups and schools . 8 FEBRUARY 2015, the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, freed, who became a Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000.
Click here to read the official Pamphlet 8-February-2015 prepared by the Global Freedom Network.
Courtesy of RENATE Members we can share the following prayers in various languages.
Albanian: AL_ftesa ne shqip  AL_ftesa ne anglisht  AL_Bakhita bookmark
Croatian: HR_Prayer Card translated to Croatian  HR_SVJETSKI DAN MOLITVE PROTIV TRGOVANJA LJUDIMA
Dutch: NL_Gebedsdag Tegen Mensenhandel – PERSBERICHT  NL_Gebedsdienst Dag tegen Mensenhandel
English: ENG_Compilation 8th February 2015 Introduction to Day of Prayer & St. Bakhita  ENG_Celebration Saint Bakhita  ENG_Prayer Card in English  ENG_cj_Prayer Suggestions for the Anti Trafficking Day 8th of February  UK_TRAC 8th February 2015 Feast of St Josephine Bakhita for Europe  US_Prayer service INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

French: FR_International Day of Prayer translated to French

German: AT_Gebet um ein Ende des Menschenhandels  AT_Gottesdienstvorlage  AT_Presseerklärung  DE_Die Heilige Bakhita
Hungarian: HU_meghívó_febr-8
Italian: IT_Celebrazione Santa Bakhita  IT_pieghevole_italiano  IT_preghiera_italiano  IT_veglia di preghiera

Polish: PL_czytanka  PL_droga krzyżowa  PL_modlitwa o wstawiennictwo  PL_modlitwa wiernych  PL_modlitwy na noc czuwania  PL_czuwanie modlitewne  PL_modlitwa na 8 lutego 2015

Romanian: RO_Bakhita  RO_rugaciunea credinciosilor 8 februarie
Slovak: SK_ikona  SK_plagat  SK_TS_Den motlitieb obete OSL- SKCH  SK_UCASTNIK_Den modlitby 8.2.2015
Slovenian: SI_Molitev proti trgovini z ljudmi  SI_Molitev proti TZL – RV
Spanish: ES_cj_Prayer Time on the 8th of February translated to Spanish

Light Up the World against Human Trafficking

 

Letter from Talitha Kum for the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

Rome, 23rd January 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This is a letter to follow-up on the introduction made earlier this month.  We are proceeding with the plans for celebrating an International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, and would like to provide your network with resources developed by the Talitha Kum Team here in Rome.  You are free to use or modify these resources to suit your local needs.  The resources will be available on a special website after 2 February, 2015.
www.a-light-against-human-trafficking.info
The resources include a short prayer available in English, Swahili, Thai, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, French, and soon Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia.  There is also a longer Prayer Service available in English, Italian, French, and Spanish.   If you are able to translate materials into other languages, we thank you and ask that you share these translations on the website.  Attached to this e-mail is the official Program which will be followed in Rome, in English.  Please note that a Press Conference will be held in Rome on 3 February; you may want to do something similar locally.
(…)
The Talitha Kum Team
Full text of the letter is available in the Member Only Area.
UISG A Light Against Trafficking_Program Outline

The Reality of Human Trafficking, You Can Raise Awareness with Us

 

„You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know” said William Wilberforce, an English politician, philanthropist, theologian and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade who lived in the XVIII/XIX century.
You are welcome to study this simple flier on modern day slavery and use it for awareness raising on the problem. We thank you for doing so. We acknowledge the Institute of a Blessed Virgin Mary in the US who shared this material.
 

The Reality of Human Trafficking
The Reality of Human Trafficking

Silent Prayer Vigil to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

 

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center in the US acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by 18 religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. IPJC initiated Human Trafficking Vigils and invites people to join for a silent prayer on 1st Sunday of each month to raise awareness about human trafficking. Perhaps this will be an inspiration for you to take a similar action in the local community?
Click here to read more about IPJC initiative.

Appointment of the New Director for Talitha Kum

 

We would like to welcome and congratulate Sr. Gabriella Bottani CMS who was chosen to lead Talitha Kum, International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. At the same time we acknowledge Sr. Estrella Castelone FMA who led the Network for five years.
Click here to learn more about Talitha Kum.

NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS

 

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace on 1st January 2015.
1. At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural disasters. I pray especially that, on the basis of our common calling to cooperate with God and all people of good will for the advancement of harmony and peace in the world, we may resist the temptation to act in a manner unworthy of our humanity.
In my Message for Peace last year, I spoke of “the desire for a full life… which includes a longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced”.[1] Since we are by nature relational beings, meant to find fulfilment through interpersonal relationships inspired by justice and love, it is fundamental for our human development that our dignity, freedom and autonomy be acknowledged and respected. Tragically, the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations marked by respect, justice and love. This abominable phenomenon, which leads to contempt for the fundamental rights of others and to the suppression of their freedom and dignity, takes many forms. I would like briefly to consider these, so that, in the light of God’s word, we can consider all men and women “no longer slaves, but brothers and sisters”.
Listening to God’s plan for humanity (…)
Full text available here: Pope’s Message for the World Day of Peace_01.01.2015
Source: The Holy See