EUROPE/ITALY - #PrayAgainstTrafficking: "Women play an important role in the fight against human trafficking"

Monday, 8 February 2021 human trafficking   missionary institutes   prayer   pope francis  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "Anyone who exploits people violates the right to life. Those involved in this trafficking and violate the dreams and thoughts of others are complicit in a sin against the all humanity. Today, on World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Trafficking, we are all committed to ensuring that our voice is heard", said Sister Neusa de Fatima Mariano, Superior General of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides.
The International Committee for World Day, coordinated by the network of Italian nuns against human trafficking "Talitha Kum", in collaboration with the International Union of Superiors General and with the Department for Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for Human Development, Caritas Internationalis, the World Union The Catholic women's organizations, the Focolare Movement and many other organizations organized a prayer initiative, which this year will be held online from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in five languages and can be followed at One of the most anticipated moments is the video message from Pope Francis, who launched this International Day in 2015, at 1.40 p.m. In social networks, the campaign can be supported with #PrayAgainstTrafficking.
"Women play an important role in the fight against human trafficking - underlines Sister Neusa -. Their commitment is the basis of a continuous and constant economic commitment to strengthen families and communities. The work of women can help defeat this terrible crime. We religious congregations on the different borders of the world are committed to developing micro-credit projects for the benefit of local economic development in order to give one of the positive signs that the fight against human trafficking is possible. Many women also take part in the initiatives of the Scalabrini religious family to ensure a future based on their expectations and their positive dreams. We support and participate in this initiative because we believe that all together we can make our voices heard, a silent majority against hatred and violence - adds Sister Neusa -. Let us continue to pray for the victims of this silent massacre, for the institutions to include the fight against trafficking among their priorities for intervention, for the criminals to repent and understand that their actions is an action with no future". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/2/2021)