Feb 8th – International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons

February 8th, Feast of St. Bakhita


St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.

O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery;

Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.

Those whom man enslaves, let God set free.

Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith.


Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.

We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us. Amen.

(Pope Francis, 12 February 2018)

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