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(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...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying for a loved one's health andhealing, tenderly caring for them and asking very human questions about whypeople suffer are experiences Christians, Muslims and Jews all share, PopeFrancis said.In his message for the World Day of the Sick, celebratedFeb. 11, the pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer -- and the entireYear of Mercy -- would promote an encounter of people of different religionsand lead to greater understanding among them."Every hospital and nursing home can be a visible signand setting in which to promote the culture of encounter and peace, where theexperience of illness and suffering, along with professional and fraternalassistance, helps to overcome every limitation and division," the popewrote in his message, which the Vatican released Jan. 28.The main Catholic celebration of the World Day of the Sick2016 was scheduled for Nazareth, a city in Israel with a large Muslim andChristian popu...
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