8 February – the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita – will be a day of prayer and reflection on human trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery to freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of prayer and service for fifty years. She died on 8 February 1947 and was canonized in 2000.
St Bakhita Feast Day Resources
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans has prepared this reflection sheet to help communities, classes and groups to mark the day. You may find these homily notes useful for liturgies or discussions.
On the website of New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans you can watch Sonita’s rap about forced marriage and read her story.