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Office of Justice and Peace

Office of Justice and Peace

Care of Creation 

Link to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' - http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-fra...

Environment series: "Cultivating and Caring For Creation"

Twelve videos and study guides in preparation for Pope Francis' coming encyclical on the environment have been prepared by the online resource Green Spirit Television at www.greenspirittv.comEntilted "Cultivating and Caring For Creation -- How Catholics are leading and participating in a new commitment to respect and protect creation" the series includes highlights from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) January 2013 Justice and Peace Commission document "Building a New Culture: Central Teaching on the Environment."

Find the videos and study guides online at: http://www.greenspirittv.com/

International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

on the Feast Day of Saint Josephine Bakhita

“How many times have we permitted a human being to be seen as an object, to be put on show in order to sell a product or to satisfy an immoral desire? The human person ought never to be sold or bought as if he or she were a commodity. Whoever uses human persons in this way and exploits them, even if indirectly, becomes an accomplice of injustice. ” - Pope Francis (2014 Message to the Lenten Fraternity Campaign in Brazil)

Why?

The main objective of this day is to bring awareness of this tragic phenomenon which impacts an estimated 21 million people worldwide.  Trafficking is the third largest form of organized crime after the arms trade and illegal drugs.  Additionally we are being called to take concrete individual and collective action that will provide solutions to counter trafficking.

5 Calls to Action for Parishes and Parishioners

Through prayer and education you will become more aware of the human trafficking that is occurring in our midst.  A primary action is to stop minding your own business and bring to light situations where people may be in danger.  

1. Pray!  Pray a Novena to Saint Josephine Bakhita for an end to human trafficking. 

2. Plan an awareness event for your entire parish, or a specific group such as the CWL or K of C where you invite a presenter.  Nashi is a local organization that opposes human trafficking by raising awareness.  They can be contacted at (306) 281-9877. 

3. Attend NASHI’s annual Perogy Paradise fundraiser:  Visit their webpage at http://www.nashi.ca/events/  for more details.

4. Host a movie night, www.redlightgreenlightfilm.com   

5. Educate yourself or create discussions in a small group, post online or gather in real life. Find information at:

Intercessory Prayer:

May we shed our indifference and sense of resignment towards the evil of human trafficking and work to restore dignity in one another.  Through the intercession of Saint Josephine Bakhita we pray…

Prayer to end human trafficking:

O God, when we hear of children and adults deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies, and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery, and pray with Saint Josephine Bakhita for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness, and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen.

Quand nous entendons parler d’enfants, hommes et femmes trompés et emmenés en des lieux inconnus dans le but d’exploitation sexuelle, de travail forcé et de vente d’organes, nos cœurs s’indignent et notre esprit est affligé car leur dignité et leurs droits sont piétinés par les menaces, les mensonges et la violence. Dieu, aide-nous à contrecarrer par notre vie toute forme d’esclavage. Nous te prions, avec sainte Joséphine Bakhita afin que la traite des personnes cesse. Donne-nous sagesse et courage pour nous rendre proches de tous ceux et celles qui ont été blessé/ées dans le corps, le cœur et l’esprit, afin qu’ensemble nous puissions réaliser ta promesse de vie et d’amour tendre et infini pour nos frères et sœurs exploité/ées. Touche le cœur de celles et ceux qui sont responsables de ce crime horrible et soutiens notre engagement pour la liberté, ton don pour tous tes fils et filles. Amen.

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