8 February 2019 - World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking
Joining the call fo a fourfold commitment
Pope Francis has declared the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, which is celebrated each year on 8th February to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of victims of slavery and of Sudan. Australians are being urged to work together, through grass roots action and corporate governance, to end slavery around the world.
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), Catholic Religious Australia (CRA—) of which the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member— and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) join the call for a fourfold commitment to: slavery prevention, victim protection, legal prosecution of perpetrators, and partnerships for change. This commitment begins with awareness raising and action to eliminate slavery in all its forms at a diocesan, parish, school, family and personal level.