For the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, the Holy Father released “The Pope Video” for his February prayer intention, that we pray for the victims of human trafficking, forced prostitution, and violence.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking was instituted in 2015 by Pope Francis and is celebrated yearly on January 8th – the same date as the Feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Pope Francis called her “an exemplary witness of hope for the many victims of slavery” today.

In honor of the day, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention for the month of February, that we pray for a “generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.”

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for the month of February:

“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.”

 

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