The feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita

February 8th is the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan but eventually won her freedom.

Consequently, February 8th is also the

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Prayer for Human Trafficking

O God, you always hear the cry of your people and have compassion for the oppressed and the enslaved.  May they experience the liberation of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus.

We pray to you for those suffering the torment of human trafficking.  Transform us by the power of your Spirit, to be sensitive to the pain of these, our sisters and brothers.

Committed to overcoming this evil, give us the courage to stand up and work for the rights of our sisters and brothers who live in slavery and exploitation.

We ask this with the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita, in Christ the Lord

                                                                    Amen                                    Father Peter McKenna