Pope Francis frequently calls us to work against human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms. In 2015 he challenged the world : “each according to his or her own responsibilities , is called to combat modern forms of enslavement. From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces.” Can we answer this call today?
To petition our own government to progress the proposed Modern Slavery Act into law, go to the mbie website : https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/modernslavery/
The website for Ministry of Immigration has useful information relating to trafficking in our own country.
“The work of raising awareness must begin at home, with ourselves, because only in this way will be be able to then make our communities aware, motivating them to commit themselves so that no human being may ever again be a victim of trafficking.” Pope Francis
Suggested Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday:
Response : Loving God, hear our prayer
For all of the women, men and children who will be trafficked today, we pray …
For the parents who have lost their children through human trafficking, we pray …
For children and young peole who are being exploited online, we pray …
For the conversion of heart for those who are traffickers, we pray ….
For ourselves, that we may recognise and safely report human trafficking in our midst, we pray …..
For those engaged in education and advocacy to end human trafficking, we pray ….