Young people gather in Rome to reaffirm commitment on human trafficking

By Vatican News, 8 February 2024


As the Church prepares to mark the tenth International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, on Thursday, some 50 young people from across the world are gathered in Rome to attend a special training course on trafficking.

8 February marks the tenth International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking which was established in 2015 by Pope Francis on the feast day of Saint Bakhita, the Sudanese sister who was a victim of trafficking and a universal symbol of the Church’s commitment against this scourge.

On that day thousands of people in many parishes, communities, and associations across the world will gather to reflect, pray, and share their experiences of engagement on this global issue under the theme: “Journeying in Dignity. Listen. Dream. Act.”

Among them, 50 youths from partner organizations of the Day in the five continents, including students, volunteers, researchers, communicators, activists, who are attending training and awareness sessions on trafficking from 2-8 February.

On Sunday they were greeted by Pope Francis during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square. In the video above with Pope Francis’ words, they explain the meaning of this special day and highlight the need for action against human trafficking.

With thanks to Vatican News, where this article originally appeared.


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