· Press conference on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking ·
The world must know, understand and respond. The world, however, is not an abstract entity. We are the world. This is the idea behind the first ever International Day of Prayer and Awareness which will be celebrated on Sunday, 8 February. A press conference was held describing the day on Tuesday, 3 February, in the Holy See Press Office. The conference was led by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office.
The day, entitled: “Light a lamp against trafficking” is being promoted by the International Union of Superiors General in collaboration with the Pontifical Councils of Pastoral Care, of Migrants and Itinerant People, of Justice and Peace as well as the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. On behalf of these dicasteries Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson spoke at the conference.
Yet again — following Pope Francis' appeals and after various conferences held by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences — the Vatican is taking a stand against a terrible scourge of modern society. Indeed, Sr Carmen Sammut, President of UISG, recalled that today “thousands of children, women and men are sold into slavery, forced labor, prostitution, trafficking of organs”. “Let us fight with all our might in favour of the rights and dignity of each person,” she said. “Let us all light up the world against human trafficking. Let us give a voice to the millions of our brothers and sisters who are voiceless”.
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