Day of Prayer Reflection and Action

St Josephine Bakhita

Pope Francis has designated 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.

Born in 1869 in Sudan, Josephine Bakhita knew the pain and sorrow of losing her freedom, when at 7 years of age she was taken by slave traders. She was bought and sold many times in the following decade. Taken to Italy by a family, who ‘owned’ her, she met the Canossian Daughters of Charity, became a Catholic and joined the Canossian congregation. She died in 1947 and was canonised in 2000.

ACRATH has prepared a number of resources to assist you in marking the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action. Click here to access these resources.

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