Pope Francis' Universal Prayer intention for February:
"Violence against women - We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded."
According to Vatican News, Hermes Mangialardo—an Italian creator who has won international prizes and is a professor of animation design— collaborated on the video through animated illustrations, showing the story of a woman who is the victim of violence, who finds courage to escape.
The statistics compiled by UN Women, updated in November of 2020: each day, 137 women are killed by members of their own family; adult women make up nearly half of the victims of human trafficking identified worldwide; and globally, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point (and 15 million adolescent girls worldwide aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sexual relations).
FULL TEXT from the Video:Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence. It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity. The testimonies of the victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore. We must not look the other away. Let us pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all.