Church prepares to honour, pray for seafarers

Parishes and Church ministries in Australia are among those that mark Sea Sunday on the second Sunday in July – this year, on July 11.

Cardinal Peter Turkson has urged Catholics globally to give thanks for the efforts of maritime workers and pray for their health, safety and wellbeing as the Church celebrates Sea Sunday.

In a message published on July 7, Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, spoke of the additional challenges that seafarers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such challenges have included extended periods of work without contracts and without shore leave. Some unscrupulous employers abandoned ships and crew at sea. These add to other ever-present dangers for those working on the oceans, such as piracy and storms.

Read the article on Australian Catholic Bishops Conference site.