Eugenia Bonetti

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Eugenia Bonetti

Nigel Baker and Eugenia Bonetti.jpg
Eugenia Bonetti (right) and British diplomat Nigel Baker (left)
Personal details
ResidenceNaples, Campania, Italy
OccupationLeader of the Italian Union of Major Superiors' work against human trafficking

Eugenia Bonetti is a nun who works to rescue girls from being trafficked in Italy[1] and help women leave the country's prostitution industry.[2]


She is a Consolata Missionary Sister,[3] a Master of Counselling, and a member of the Italian Union of Major Superiors,[4] leading the organization's work against human trafficking.[5] In this capacity, she is in charge of 250 nuns around the world who work to help young girls and women exit prostitution.[6]

She appears in the documentary film Not My Life, in which she speaks about her work in Italy.[1] In 2005, she participated in a conference sponsored by the Holy See in order to explore how the Catholic Church can provide better pastoral care for women forced into prostitution.[7] She was included in the Top Ten People of 2007 list published by Inside the Vatican.[8] She won the International Women of Courage Award in 2007[9] and the European Citizens' Prize in 2013.[10]

In December 2012 she founded the association Slaves No More (Mai più schiave).[11]

Pope Francis chose her to write the texts for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in 2019.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b Rhodes, p. 15.
  2. ^ Emma Alberici (14 February 2011). "Italian women protest against Berlusconi". ABC Online. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Missionary Sister Named a "Woman of Courage"". Zenit News Agency. 13 March 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  4. ^ Barbara Kralis (4 August 2006). "Catholic Church fights human trafficking & slavery". Renew America. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. ^ Carol Glatz (21 June 2005). "Fight sex work by stemming demand, say speakers at Vatican conference". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  6. ^ Mark M. Rogers; Tom Bamat; Julie Ideh (2008). Pursuing Just Peace: An Overview and Case Studies for Faith-Based Peacebuilders. Catholic Relief Services. p. 91. ISBN 978-1614920304.
  7. ^ Carol Glatz (22 June 2005). "Trafficked women in Italy retain faith despite exploitation, nun says". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  8. ^ Steven Ertelt (28 January 2008). "Inside the Vatican Magazine Names Pro-Life Dr. Alveda King Top Ten of 2007". Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Sister Eugenia Bonetti elected "Woman of Courage" for outstanding efforts to combat trafficking in persons". Agenzia Fides. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Communication of the European Parliament concerning the European Citizens' Prize". Official Journal of the European Union. 183: 15. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  11. ^ "La Presidente: Biografia di Suor Eugenia Bonetti Missionaria della Consolata" (in Italian). Slaves No More. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Sister Eugenia Is Writing the Meditations for Pope's Way of the Cross at the Colosseum on Good Friday". Zenit. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  13. ^ San Martín, Inés (9 April 2019). "Italian nun, anti-trafficking leader to pen pope's Lenten meditations". Crux. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
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