Posts Tagged ‘Seafarers’

Seafarers have been stuck on ships or without work for months

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
ABC News

COVID travel restrictions may help slow the virus’s transmission, but seafarers are suffering, Pope Francis notes. He has been offering his prayers and solidarity to those who work at sea and have been prevented from going ashore or have not been able to work. In a video message last month Francis gave a special message Read more

Pandemic deepens the plight of seafarers

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Seafarers are the forgotten essential workers. “We enjoy the goods and services they bring us all our waking hours, but we do not know what some suffer for us to do so,”  said Father Jeffrey Drane, writing in the Marist Messenger. “A tough life is precisely the way it is for the 1.6 million seafarers Read more

Priests of the sea — cruise ship chaplains

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The man phoning Doreen Badeaux had recently lost his wife. The two of them had been on a cruise to celebrate their anniversary, he told Badeaux, and it was during dinner one evening that they spotted the priest. They’d asked him to join them, and in introducing themselves, they shared that the wife was dying. Read more

NZ Children cheer up Sailor’s Christmas

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

International seafarers at the port of Auckland had some special Kiwi Christmas cheer last year thanks to four Catholic schools. The schools – St Leo’s, Devonport; St Joseph’s, Otahuhu; St Joseph’s, Orakei and St Mary’s, Ellerslie – made hundreds of hand-crafted Christmas cards for seafarers. These were given out on ships berthed in Auckland just Read more

Seafarers: lied to on land, beaten and dying at sea

Friday, November 13th, 2015

LINABUAN SUR, the Philippines — When Eril Andrade left this small village, he was healthy and hoping to earn enough on a fishing boat on the high seas to replace his mother’s leaky roof. Seven months later, his body was sent home in a wooden coffin: jet black from having been kept in a fish Read more

Stowaways and crimes at sea

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

CHIOS, Greece — The rickety raft made of empty oil drums and a wooden tabletop rolled and pitched with the waves while tied to the side of the Dona Liberta, a 370-foot cargo ship anchored far from land in the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa. “Go down!” yelled a knife-wielding crew member, forcing two Tanzanian Read more

Message for Sea Sunday, 12 July 2015

Friday, July 10th, 2015

To transport goods and products around the world, the global economy relies profoundly on the maritime industry supported by a workforce of around 1.2 million seafarers, who at sea and in the oceans, frequently facing the strong and powerful forces of nature, manage ships of all types and sizes. As ports are built far away from the Read more

Sea Sunday, 13 July 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The message for Sea Sunday from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples reads as follows: This world of the sea, with the continuous migration of people today, must take into account the complex effects of globalization and, unfortunately, must come to grips with situations of injustice, especially when the Read more

Sea Sunday – 14 July 2013

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Sea Sunday is the annual day of prayer for those who work at sea and in ports around the world, and their families. Away from family and friends for many months at a time, working long hours and navigating some of the world’s most dangerous stretches of ocean, seafaring can be a tough, lonely and Read more