MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.
Imelda Poole, IBVM, President of Mary Ward Loreto is featured in this week’s edition of The Global Sister’s Report, a Project of National Catholic Report in the United States of America.
Interviewed by Sarah Mac Donald, a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland, Imelda talks about her work in Albania and the work of the wider network RENATE, during this week which started with the 8th of February, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
Albania cannot be indifferent to human trafficking and we have to fight together to stop this global issue. The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness about this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves.
At this special time our eyes focus on those who proclaim freedom. This message invites us to contemplate the reality of millions of our brothers and sisters who are exploited and trafficked and have no freedom. Our hearts are touched when we hear the dreams and desires for a peaceful life, a dignified life, a life in abundance. Our ears listen to stories of hope and mercy. This is the story of Giuseppina Bakhita. During this time, we carry St Bakhita in our heart and thoughts. She is the Patron Saint of the kidnapped and trafficked people.
On 7 February 2016 the Church in Albania marked this International day of Prayer, reflection and action Against Human Trafficking. URAT network which includes Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and the Catholic Church, in collaboration with Bishop George Frendo OP, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.
We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit the candles for the victims of trafficking. We showed a fotonovele with the history of St Bahkita. During the service we formed a circle forming a chain, hand in hand, showing solidarity and standing together in our faith. It is together that we are able to beat this phenomenon. At the end of the event we gave to everyone, a prayer card against trafficking.
«TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
WE MUST JOIN FORCES TO FREE THE VICTIMS AND
STOP THIS CRIME WHICH IS INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE,
THAT THREATENS, IN ADDITION TO INDIVIDUALS,
THE FOUNDING VALUES OF SOCIETY AND ALSO SECURITY
AND INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE, AS WELL AS THE ECONOMY,
THE FAMILY STRUCTURE AND SOCIAL LIFE». .Pope Francesco Continue Reading…….