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Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita: Prayer and Resources

February 8 is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan but eventually won her freedom. Consequently, February 8 is also the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.

Prayer for Human Trafficking

 
O God, you always hear the cry of your people and have compassion for the oppressed and the enslaved. May they experience the liberation of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus.
 
We pray to you for those suffering the torment of human trafficking. Transform us by the power of your Spirit, to be sensitive to the pain of these, our sisters and brothers.
 
Committed to overcoming this evil, give us the courage to stand up and work for the rights of our sisters and brothers who live in slavery and exploitation.
 
We ask this with the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita, in Christ our Lord. 
 
Amen!
- Father Peter McKenna

Additional Resources

 
Learn more about human trafficking through the following:
 
The Faces of Human Trafficking
This video series created by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and the Breaking Free organization presents human trafficking from the perspectives of survivors and perpetrators. Please click here to see it.
 
Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)
RENATE is a European network of Religious working against human trafficking and exploitation. Their website, www.renate-europe.net, is filled with teachings and spiritual resources.

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