Justice and Peace Issues
“Human Trafficking will always exist as long as it is kept underground.” Pope Francis
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General have designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. On this day, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.
In 2009 the International Union of Superior Generals formally established in international initiative against human trafficking and exploitation. Talitha Kum promotes collaboration among networks organized at national, regional and continental level, actively supporting victims, survivors and people at risk.
Talitha Kum Networks are:
– inter-congregational Sister-led networks, organized primarily at the national level
– on-the-ground oriented
– linked to the national Conference/Association of Major Superiors.
Talitha Kum is grounded in the long, rich tradition of Catholic women, inspired by the life-giving ministry of Christ, who are committed to community work and collaboration, following the example of the Triune God. Learn more about Talitha Kum at this link.
A WEEK OF MOBILIZATION & PRAYER WITH YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
Here are details about the Week, which Talitha Kum is sponsoring.
From February 2 to 8, representatives from organizations that partner with Talitha Kum, including students, volunteers, researchers communicators and activists gathered in Rome to reflect pray and share their experiences of engagement with this global phenomenon. Feb. 3 marked the first day of training activities; on the morning of Sunday, February 4, they participated in the Angelus Prayer in St. Peter’s Square. On Tues. Feb. 6, at 4:15 pm, there was a flash mob against trafficking in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome. Following at 5:30 pm, there was an ecumenical vigil of prayer in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere in 5 languages based on the five elements: water, fire, air, metal, and earth. On Wed. Feb. 7, the international group participated in the Audience with Pope Francis in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican.
“Journeying in Dignity. Listen. Dream. Act” is the theme of the tenth International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, a day established in 2015 by Pope Francis on the feast day of Saint Bakhita, the Sudanese sister who was a victim of trafficking and a universal symbol of the Church’s commitment against this scourge.
The Online Pilgrimage of prayer and awareness against human trafficking will take place, crossing all continents and time zones. It begins at 9:30 am from Oceania, followed by Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South America, and finally concludes at 4:30 pm with North America. To participate, click on this link
Interfaith Prayer Service
A livestreamed interfaith prayer service sponsored by the US Catholic Bishops will take place on the evening of February 8th at 7 PM ET. To register click on this link: