February 8th – Day of Prayer and Awareness

A hundred-and-fifty years ago Josephine Bakhita was born in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. When she was just nine years old she was taken captive and she was sold into slavery in her country. Some time later she was brought to Italy and was set free. Having lived for some years in Italy, she eventually became a religious sister as a member of the Canossian Order. She lived and worked as a Sister in Italy for 45 years and died in 1947. In the year 2000, she was declared a saint by Pope St. John Paul II. Saint Bakhita is the patron saint of victims of slavery and trafficked persons, and she is also the patron saint of Sudan. Churches and campaigning groups all over the world will celebrate Saint Bakhita Day with prayer and reflection on 8 February which is her feast-day. In some countries there will also be marching parades and Interfaith Services, with the aim of raising awareness about the serious problem of Human Trafficking in every part of the world, and of praying those who undergo the barbaric experience of being trafficked and sold into slavery.

Resources:

The​ International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking – (S. Vincent Anesthasiar,CMF) Secretariat for JPIC Curia Generalizia, 00197 Roma

VIGIL of International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking PRAYER

 

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