This year’s Day for Life will remember all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. The following message has been sent by the Secretariat of State of His Holiness via the Apostolic Nuncio:
‘Informed of this observance, Pope Francis invokes the intercession of St Josephine Bakhita, the patron of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, praying that she might intercede on their behalf with the God of Mercy so that the chains of their captivity will be broken. He prays that God might free all those who have been threatened, wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings and bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity.
‘The Holy Father appeals to us all: that we may open our eyes and be able to see the misery of those so deprived of their dignity and their freedom, and hear their cry for help. In giving assurance of his prayers, His Holiness imparts to the organizers and participants of the Day for Life his Apostolic Blessing.’
A Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition.
- There will be a Day for Life retiring collection for this Sunday, that as always is used for the promotion of the dignity of the human person. Money collected for Day for Life will be used to fund projects that support work in this area by organisations which further this objective.
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