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Pope asks anti-trafficking nun to write Way of Cross meditations

Pope Francis has asked an Italian nun, who has been on the frontlines in the fight against human trafficking, to write this year’s Way of the Cross meditations.

Consolata Sr Eugenia Bonetti, 80, will prepare the texts for the evening service on 19th April, Good Friday, at Rome’s Colosseum, Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office, said.

Gisotti said, “The suffering of many people who are victims of human trafficking will be the central theme of the meditations,” which are meant to help participants walk in Christ’s footsteps and reflect on today’s sins and sufferings, and how Christians should respond.

Each year, the pope asks a different person to write the commentary and prayers.

Sr Eugenia is a leader among religious women working against human trafficking. She started and led anti-trafficking initiatives for the Italian Union of Major Superiors and helped educate officials in Italy and the United States about the problem.

The Italian religious superiors’ anti-trafficking office she set up trains and connects religious congregations and other people around the world to provide victim support and services as well as prevent trafficking by helping people, in their home countries, who are vulnerable to being trafficked.

Picture: Pope Francis greets Consolata Missionary Sister Eugenia Bonetti in this 2nd December 2014 file photo. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).