Playing for Life – Denounce Trafficking

Playing for Life – Denounce Trafficking

Rome (Italy). On May 20th at John Paul II Centre in the Holy See Press Room, a Press Conference was held for the presentation of the Campaign Talitha Kum – the International Network of Consecrated Life against Human Trafficking – for the Brazilian World Soccer Cup 2014, entitled ‘Playing for Life, Denounce Trafficking’. 

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Associations of Apostolic Life, began by mentioning the numerous reminders made by Pope Francis on the theme of human trafficking which he defines as ‘a wound on the body of Christ’.
In fact, in his Apostolic Exhortation ‘Joy of the Gospel’, the Holy Father says: “We cannot ignore how so  easily in cities, we see increases in the trafficking of drugs and persons, abuse and exploitation of minors, abandonment of the elderly and sick, and various forms of corruption and criminal activity…”.  Therefore the Cardinal said, “Religious throughout the world find themselves involved in their mission in the midst of all forms of poverty and personally touch the humiliation, suffering, inhuman and degrading treatment inflicted on women, men, and children by this modern slavery”. 

The program of Talitha Kum against human trafficking, as was explained by the Talitha Kum Network coordinator, Sr. Estrela Castalone, FMA, has the general goal of “sharing and optimizing resources that religious life possesses in favour of interventions for prevention, awareness, denouncement of human trafficking, and protection and assistance for victims and vulnerable persons.”

Concretely, Talitha Kum promotes the setting up of accommodations and welcome centres for healing and rehabilitation, united to pastoral care in detention centres for illegal aliens and those in refugee centres.  Toward the goal of preventing this phenomena, courses of formation for more qualified religious and laity are foreseen, united to campaigns for instruction and awareness, programs for the protection of children and to generate income in the least developed geographical areas for those most vulnerable and financially poor so that they may not fall into the net of exploitation.

At the end of the press conference, Sr. Gabriella Bottani, coordinator of ‘A Cry for Life’, illustrated how the campaign will take place on the occasion of the world soccer days.  She commented: “We are awaiting the great event of the world soccer days with great emotion and joy.  This is a grand feast that contagions everyone, little and big, young and old.  We do not want our voice to be raised only with the winners, but that it be raised together with all those who do not accept life as a soccer championship, where only the best win.  Everyone has the right to win, to have life in abundance; the right to have a home, to be cared for, to have a quality school, to have access to dignified work with a just wage, to migrate...We all have the right to be free!”

“It is impossible to remain impassive, knowing that there are human beings who are being treated like merchandise!”  These are the words of Pope Francis to the Church of Brazil.  They are a firm appeal to everyone. We cannot remain indifferent and impassive in the face of the grave social wound of human trafficking, one of the most explicit forms of slavery in the 21st Century.  The World Soccer Championship, planned in Brazil on July 12-13, will furnish the occasion to raise awareness about the theme of human trafficking.

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23/05/2014 11:03:10 - Sr. Maria Concetta Ventura

Questo è "essere casa che evangelizza", sia che lavoriamo direttamente contro la tratta e a fianco di chi ne è vittima, nei Paesi d'origine e nel nostro Occidente che le sfrutta, sia che ci impegniamo a creare opinione attorno a noi, ad educare i giovani ad agire coerentemente per la dignità di ogni uomo e donna, tanto più se ancora bambino o adolescente!

22/05/2014 16:33:04 - giustinA ZANATO

come non essere sensibili davanti a tanta publicità e frenesia per un pallone? Ma quanto disinteresse davanti ad un bambino che muore per mancanza di cure o di una bimba che è prematuramente messa a dura prova per un lavoro che non le lascia il tempo di frequentare una scuola...come restare insensibili davanti alla tratta di essere umani o di estrupo che la segna per il resto della vita? Come possiamo prevenire tutto ciò? O come possiamo unirci a questa rete che ci richiama ai veri valori evangelici e che ci porta a dover stare dalla parte dei più deboli? Grazie a chi ci aiuta a metterci sulla strada di Emaus per presentarci altri "Gesù" che sono crocifissi ogni giorno ma che aspettano la risurrezione...


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