On February 8, Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, Catholics are encouraged to pray for the emotional, physical, and spiritual healing of those that have been trafficked, and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. Like St. Josephine Bakhita, may we stand firm in our resolve to create a slave‐free world.
St. Josephine Bakhita, was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
Please join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti Trafficking Program for a special Mass on February 8th at 12:10 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church to observe the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.
If you cannot travel to Washington D.C. the USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking program encourages you to celebrate a special Mass or host or attend prayer services in your local area, to reflect on the experiences of those who have suffered through human trafficking and exploitation and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking. In the words of committee chairman, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.: “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”