On Sea Sunday, the Vatican called for prayers for and the protections of the rights of all seafarers, fishermen, and maritime workers.
Every second Sunday of July is Sea Sunday, a day set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. Pope Francis marked the occasion with a tweet:
Today we celebrate #SeaSunday, dedicated to seafarers and fishermen. I pray for them and their families, and I encourage every effort to protect and safeguard their human rights.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 14, 2019
Prefect for Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Cardinal Turkson issued a statement asking “different players of the maritime world to renew their efforts to protect and safeguard the rights of all people working at sea.”
He spoke of the sacrifice sea workers make to provide “the fuel for our cars, the clothes we wear, and many other items that are all made in distant parts of the world and brought to us” while at the same time being “forced to live in the confined space of a vessel, for months at a time, away from their families and loved ones.”
“The faithful are requested to remember and pray for the 1.5 million seafarers who criss-cross the oceans and the seas, transporting almost 90% of goods from one nation to another.”