February 11, 2019

Human Trafficking: February Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

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Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash their hands of it without being, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity.
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps more.
Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

-Pope Francis, February 2019

After praying the noonday Angelus with the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on 10 February– just two days after the World Day against Trafficking in Persons was held with the motto "Together Against Trafficking”, Pope Francis said:

'I thank all those that combat on this front, in particular, so many women religious. I appeal especially to governments so that the causes of this sore are addressed with determination and the victims are protected. However, all of us can and must denounce the cases of exploitation and slavery of men, women, and children. Prayer is the force that supports our common commitment.'

He then then joined the crowds in the prayer to St. Josephine

 

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