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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace in a world in which war is everywhere.Speaking on Sunday morning after the Angelus prayer, the Pope said that on Tuesday he will travel to the Umbrian town of Assisi to participate in the Day of Prayer for Peace.“Today, more than ever, we need peace in this war which is everywhere in the world. Let us Pray for peace!” he said.   Explaining that he is going to Assisi in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II who called for this International Day of Prayer for Peace thirty years ago, he invited all parishes, all ecclesial associations and individual believers across the world to participate in the event with their prayers.“Following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, a man of brotherhood and meekness, we are all called to offer a strong testimony to the world of our common commitment twoards peace and reconciliation between peoples” he said.And he appealed to everyone to join in prayer o...
Washington D.C., Sep 13, 2016 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- If it hopes to bring peace to racial tensions in the U.S., the Catholic Church must be more present in troubled communities and unite with other faiths in doing so, bishops insisted.“Not every neighborhood and every urban environment is filled with violence,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta said.“But when there is violence, there ought to be Catholic presence and prayer and action to raise up the frustration that drives the violence, whether it be lack of economic opportunity, jobs, education, all of those things that are really systemic examples of racism that need to be identified and confronted.”Archbishop Gregory chairs the U.S. bishops’ Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities, speaking in a phone call with reporters on Thursday before the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities.The day of prayer was held on Fri., Sept. 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit missi...
Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a national day of prayer and appointed a task force devoted to peace and unity."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the USCCB president."The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities."The newest statement and task force reflect sentiments in a previous statement from A...
(USCCB) In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.On July 8, in his initial and immediate response to the racially-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, noted the need to look at ways the Catholic Church can walk with and help these suffering communities. The initiatives announced today begin to address that need."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opport...
Monday 8 February has been observed the world over as the Second International Day of Prayer and awareness against human trafficking.Sr. Anna Theresa Nyadombo of Zimbabwe is a member of the religious congregation known as the Handmaids of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The congregation is part of the wider Carmelite family. Recently, Sr. Nyandombo who works for the education department of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference was in Rome, Italy to attend the second international coordinating meeting for religious women against human trafficking.Speaking to the Africa Service of Vatican Radio, Sr. Nyadombo says Africa could and should do more about human trafficking.“Human trafficking in Africa is a big problem but in Africa, we are silent about it. In this meeting that I just attended, we only had five countries from the continent of Africa namely, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda and Burkina Faso. I must say that in Africa, as religious women we are also members of ...
(Vatican Radio) Today, February 8, we mark the International Day of Prayer and Awarenesss Against Human Trafficking.Amongst the faith-based organizations whose mandate is to raise awareness about this global phenomenon, fight it and work with its victims is Caritas, the helping hand of the Catholic Church.Caritas offers humanitarian action and support in many fields, it also coordinates the work of COATNET  - Christian Organisations Against Trafficking in Human Beings - a network of 42 Christian groups around the world who fight human trafficking. This International Day of Prayer has been chosen to coincide with the feat of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman who was sold into slavery, abused and finally freed becoming an icon of Christian hope and forgiveness.As Pope Francis himself has said again and again “human trafficking is a crime against humanity”, “an open wound of the body of contemporary society”, and COATNET believes that “th...
(Vatican Radio) February 8 is the feast day of St Josephine Bakita, a Sudanese woman who was sold into slavery, abused and later freed.The day is also an opportunity to remember – and pray for – the many victims of modern day slavery - human trafficking - as well as for those who work to combat this “scourge of humanity” as Pope Francis has described the phenomenon.Faith based organizations across the globe, who are involved in fighting human trafficking and in accompanying and rehabilitating its victims, are inviting all men and women of goodwill to participate in the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.One such organization is the Jesuit Refugee Service. Amongst its many services geared to assist refugees and advocate for their rights, are the existence of“Safe Havens” in strategic locations which provide physical and emotional protection and safe spaces for those caught in cycles of violence.That’s becaus...
(Vatican Radio) On Monday February 8th the Church marks the 2nd International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, an initiative promoted particularly by women religious committed to the struggle against this modern form of slavery.Two years ago an alliance of religious congregations, bishops and international police chiefs met with Pope Francis in the Vatican and set up a network, known as the Santa Marta group, to better coordinate their work of prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of the trafficking gangs.Kevin Hyland is the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and former head of the London Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit. He was responsible for the convictions of numerous international crime groups and now works closely with the Santa Marta network.Hyland was in Rome this week to talk about the UK’s experience, including a new Modern Slavery Act and his own strategic plan stressing the potential ...
(Vatican Radio) After reciting the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis on Sunday noted that on February 8th the Church celebrates an annual day of prayer against the scourge of human trafficking.Instituted in 2015, the "International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking" is held on the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave girl, who became a Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000.Crime against humanityPope Francis, who has repeatedly denounced human trafficking as a shameful crime against humanity, said this day offers us all the opportunity to help those who fall victim to the traffickers “to break the heavy chains of exploitation and reclaim their freedom and dignity”.To mark the occasion, English Cardinal Vincent Nichols is taking part in as special prayer service at a school in London on Monday, to highlight the importance of working to combat human trafficking….Listen  The cardinals says this day has special reso...
The Catholic Church of Australia is calling on its citizens not to be indifferent to human ‎trafficking ‎and take simple steps to combatting global injustice.  The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral life (BCPL) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in ‎Humans ‎‎(ACRATH) are calling for a day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking on ‎‎8 ‎February, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who was rescued and later became ‎a ‎Canossian nun, and was declared a Saint in 2000.  Last year, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council ‎for ‎the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and ‎the ‎International Union of Superiors General, promoted the first “International Day of Prayer ‎and ‎Awareness against Human Trafficking”, or Bakhita Day, on Feb. 8.   'In marking the Bakh...
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