- Dec 10, 2019
A leading Catholic seafarers’ charity says it is hopeful that an Iranian-held British ship will soon be released, after an Iranian tanker was released by the UK territory of Gibraltar.
On the mainland, most references to pirates are made in jest, but a chaplain to sailors in the ports of Delta and Vancouver said piracy is still a serious threat to those to whom he ministers.
Pope Francis is encouraging efforts to safeguard the human rights of fishermen and mariners.
Pope Francis gave priests who minister to seafarers special permission to grant absolution for sins that usually would require the intervention of a bishop or the Vatican itself.
Missionaries, nuns and other pastoral workers provide crucial assistance in identifying and freeing trafficked seafarers, according to a US State Department official in Rome for a conference on the issue.