Human Trafficking

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           The monthly intention that Pope Francis shares with us all through his personal Prayer Network, reflects the challenges that face humanity and the mission of the Church. The Holy Father asks, this month, that we pray, with him, “that all may welcome the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution and of violence”.Our prayer, especially our daily Morning Offering, places us on a pathway, with Jesus, that mobilises us...
The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita is also the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK) is stressing the importance of protecting vulnerable refugees from exploitation. Today (8 February) is the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat this scourge of humanity, chosen by the Church because St Josephine Bakhita herself was sold into slavery.Every year, tens of millions of people desperately seek refuge, security and safety. Not...
Why Pope Francis insists on ending Global Human Trafficking: Experiences in Albania and the VaticanOlivia Conroy, postgraduate student at Somerville, who has worked with RENATE, the European Network of Women Religious committed to working together against human trafficking and exploitation in 19 different countries. She has also taken part in the Vatican symposium on ‘Young people against prostitution and human trafficking, after her research into mapping human trafficking.  You can...
On 8 February the Catholic Church celebrated the first International day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Slavery.  The date was chosen because it is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, who became a Canossian nun. St Josephine Bakhita was born on 8 February 1869 in Sudan to a wealthy family.  She was kidnapped by slave traders at the age of six and given the name of Bakhita (meaning Lucky One).  She was sold and resold in the markets of El...
The Jesuits in Britain are supporting the victims of human trafficking by donating funds raised at Christmas and Easter. The collections at Farm Street Church will go towards the appeal to support victims of Human Trafficking, the Bakhita House Project, and the work of other charities, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, to support victims and to help with the prevention of this form of modern slavery. The parish’s decision comes in response to a request by Cardinal Vincent Nichols over...
The Tower of Babel is one of the great stories in Genesis.  The confusion of different languages, the inability to communicate which so often leads to frustration and violence, paints a powerful picture of dissonance that we are painfully familiar with.   How reaching for the heavens and thus leaving the humility of the earth, driven by pride and arrogance, just divides us into factions.  It is that division that we are asked to reflect on during Racial Justice Sunday....