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posted 11 Jun 2018, 14:34 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 14:35 ]


Today the Church in England and Wales celebrates its annual “Day for life” – a day to help us become more aware of the many ways in which human life is degraded and threatened in our world today. The focus of this day this year is on all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. Although we might think of “slavery” as something which belongs to the past, the shocking truth is that it is believed that there are more people held in different forms of slavery in the world today than at any time in human history. As Pope Francis, who is helping to lead the global fight against this, has said: “The trade in human beings violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity.”

Jesus also tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Tragically many people do not have life to the full today because they are traded as objects and not recognised as persons. They have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking and forced into exploitative activities such as domestic servitude, prostitution, forced begging/criminality, forced marriage and forced organ removal. This includes many thousands brought against their will to the UK and to especially to London – please see Cardinal Vincent’s impassioned letter about this at the back of church. 

The Church is helping to take a lead in the fight against this evil. Further info about this can be found at www.santamartagroup.com This weekend we are also asked to play our part by learning more about the problem and contributing to a special collection, which will enable the Church to fund the Anscombe Bioethics Centre as well as projects to protect life at every stage and in every condition. This includes the Bakhita House initiative in our own diocese – a safe house and a recovery centre for victims of human trafficking. Please visit and encourage others to visit www.dayforlife.org to find out more.  Thank you!

With blessings & prayers - Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team