It was the sisters' example of kindness and charity that so profoundly touched Bakhita, ultimately leading to her conversion, and was the catalyst for her religious vocation, but also instilled in her the evangelical imperative of forgiveness.
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Schmalz said the figures represent the many faces of modern-day slavery, including victims of sex trafficking and organ trafficking, domestic slaves, child brides, child soldiers, and child beggars.
The eighth International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking and St. Bakhita’s feast day will be marked with an online prayer marathon.
This Thanksgiving, as 2020 draws to a close, consider keeping the trials — and joy — of St. Josephine Bakhita in mind.
Saint Josephine Bakhita, model of Christian joy, pray for us!
The number of persons displaced is at the highest ever recorded — 59.5 million at the end of 2014, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency.
The Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking coincided with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the 19th-century Sudanese nun who, as a child, had been a victim of slavery.