8 February- International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

Feast of St. Bakhita, Patroness of trafficked persons.

Together against Trafficking is this year’s motto, as we mark the 5th year when 8 February is recognised internationally as the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

On 8 February 2015, Pope Francis commended the dedication of this day, stating:

”Dear Brothers and Sisters, today, 8 February, is the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking.

The Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of REligious Institutes have organised the day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. I encourage those who work helping the men, women and children who are enslaved, exploited, abused as instruments of work or pleasure, who are often tortured and mutilated. It is my hope that government leaders may work decisively to remove the causes of this disgraceful scourge, it is a scourge unworthy of society. May each one of us feel committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters who have been humiliated in their dignity. Let us pray…” (Pope Francis, Angelus Prayer, 8 February 2015)

For resources and prayers to help you honour the day, please see: https://preghieracontrotratta.org

HT Prayer Calendar and Flyer 2019 Jan 11 to 8 February 2019

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