Day for Life 2018
Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. This year’s Day for Life is celebrated on 31 May in Scotland, 17 June in England and Wales and Sunday 30 October in Ireland.
Day for Life has covered a number of themes over the years celebrating the gift of life, this year the theme is Human Trafficking.
Jesus tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NJB).
But many people do not have life to the full. They have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery which are an assault on a person’s innate human dignity.
People are not commodities to be traded ruthlessly for criminal profit. Indeed, this is something that is happening in communities across our country, not just in our big cities. It’s not only happening in brothels and nail bars, but on farms, building sites and factories as well. Nor is this a problem confined to immigrant communities, it is affecting our own citizens too.
Trafficking is a growing problem and the UN estimates that over 40 million people worldwide are in slavery. In the UK alone, it is estimated that every year there are over 13,000 victims of trafficking from all countries. Criminals exploit some of the most vulnerable and desperate people. We can act together to stop this. It is a crime hidden in plain sight, it’s difficult to investigate, and the police need our help to identify and stop the traffickers and rescue and support the victims.
We pray for the victims of human trafficking that they may be helped to rebuild their lives after the traumatic experiences they have gone through.
Download the 2018 Day for Life resource here.
Day for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes in England and Wales assists the work life-related activities supported by the Church.
For information on how to apply for a Day for Life grant for 2019, please read: 2019 Guidelines – Applying for a Day for Life grant