Let us pray that the international community may commit itself concretely to abolish torture, guaranteeing support to victims and their families.
Pope Francis – June 2023
Torture. Oh my God – torture!
Torture is not past history. Unfortunately, it’s part of our history today.
How is it possible that the human capacity for cruelty is so huge?
There are extremely violent forms of torture. Others are more sophisticated, such as degrading someone, dulling the senses, or mass detentions in conditions so inhumane that they take away the dignity of the person.
But this is not something new. Let’s think of how Jesus himself was tortured and crucified.
Let us put a stop to this horror of torture. It is essential to put the dignity of the person above all else.
Otherwise, the victims are not persons, they are “things,” and can be mistreated mercilessly, causing death or permanent psychological and physical harm lasting a lifetime.
Let us pray that the international community commit itself concretely to abolish torture, guaranteeing support to victims and their families.
The Pope Video – June 2023: For the abolition of torture
A project by Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
In collaboration with Vatican Media
Creativity and co-production by:
Gaia Valeria Rosa, Diego Angeli and Andrea Schneider Graziosi
Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
Castello Angioino di Gaeta
Caritas Diocesi di Gaeta
Santuario del SS ECCE HOMO – Mesoraca (KR)
Museo Carcere Le Nuove -Torino
Amnesty International Italia