Feast of St Josephine Bakhita
On 8 February we mark the World Day of Prayer and Action against Human Trafficking. This day was chosen by the Pope because it is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of Sudan and victims of slavery. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child from Africa and sold into slavery in the Sudan and in Italy before being freed and becoming a Canossian Sister. You are invited to join the Loreto network across Australia and globally to mark this day with prayer, awareness-raising and action.
In 2014 at their General Congregation Meeting in Spain, the IBVM (Loreto Sisters) committed themselves to ongoing action on the issue of human trafficking.
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We join with networks across our land in marking this significant day. The link below is to CathNews’ recent report on the call of Catholic Leaders to end slavery.
Leaders Call for End to Slavery
ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) does important work on this issue and their website is a great resource;