Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life is celebrated on Sunday, 17 June 2018
Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
This year the theme is raising awareness about Human Trafficking.
It is an issue which Pope Francis has been very keen to promote. He has established “The Santa Marta Group”, and invited our own Cardinal Vincent Nichols to lead the group. They meet regularly in Rome at the house in the Vatican which Pope Francis has chosen to live, the “Casa Santa Marta”, from which the group takes it’s name.
There are very many victims of human trafficking in our local area. There are people living in modern slavery within one mile of where you live. It is important we pray for them; there are prayer cards provided by the Medaille Trust which have this prayer on them:
On this day for Life, we pray for the victims of human trafficking, that their
dignity is respected, and that they may be helped to rebuild their lives.
We pray that we, as the Church, will continue to defend victims of human
trafficking and promote the dignity of each human life.
We must also look out for tell tale signs of people trapped in this type of slavery and report it. Caritas Diocese of Salford have provided an information card explaining what to look for and what to do about it if we believe someone is caught up in this way of life.
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