Let us pray to St. Josephine Bakhita, who experienced the sufferings of slavery.
Millions of people are affected
Millions of people around the world are deprived of their freedom and forced to live in slavery. For these men and women, Saint Josephine Bakhita is a model of hope. The Catholic Church encourages the faithful to follow in her footsteps.
Today marks the importance of mobilizing everyone to fight against all forms of trafficking of human beings. The dignity of each human being is at the heart of this action.
From awareness to action
The Pope wants people of all countries and origins to become aware of a global phenomenon which goes beyond the responsibility of anyone state. He calls for a true mobilization against this plague:
We must all better analyze the situation and mobilize consciences: from consciousness to prayer, from prayer to solidarity, from solidarity to action, so that the slave trade and the new forms of slavery may disappear.
Take part in this Prayer!
Gino TESTA, of the "Notre-Dame de Lourdes Family" and leader of the "Padre Pio Prayer Groups of Paris", invites you to participate in this World Day of Prayer, and to prepare yourself for it. Click on "I join" (blue button in the top right corner) and receive a free email, every day for 4 days, a short text on Saint Josephine Bakhita.
By registering, you will be guided by email every day for 4 days. Receive a daily meditation on Josephine Bakhita. Then pray the proposed Prayer.
Prayer against Human Trafficking
February 8th is the World Day of Prayer against Trafficking in Human Beings. It was instituted by Pope Francis in 2015. And the choice of this day is of no coincidence since it corresponds to the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese girl who was kidnapped at the age of seven, sold as a slave, mistreated and then set free.
Prayer from the retreat
Prayer for the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita
O God, Father of Mercy, You who gave us Saint JOSEPHINE BAKHITA, as a Universal Sister, and evangelical model of simple faith and active charity, give us too the will to believe and love according to the Gospel, and answers the prayers of anyone invoking her intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Glory be to the Father... Bishop Pietro Nonis, Bishop of Vicenza
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