St Josephine Bakhita: Patroness of Trafficked People

February 8, is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking. The Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes have organized the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

Pope Francis has said: “I encourage those who work helping the men, women and children who are enslaved, exploited, abused as instruments of work or pleasure, who are often tortured and mutilated. It is my hope that government leaders may work decisively to remove the causes of this disgraceful scourge, it is a scourge unworthy of society. May each one of us feel committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters, who have been humiliated in their dignity”. (Pope Francis: Angelus Prayer February 8, 2015)

The following link holds much excellent material from Talitha Kum to help prepare for St Josephine Bakhita’s Feast. These materials include: a poster, prayer, articles, etc about human trafficking in the world today. We are all encouraged to read this and to share the discussions and reflections with others in community, local churches, schools and networks.