Today, February 8, has been designated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. It is also the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita (pictured right), who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a saint in 2000.
The theme chosen for 2021 is “An Economy without Human Trafficking.” It brings into the spotlight “one of the main causes of human trafficking: the dominant economic model of our time, whose limits and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic,” reads a statement on the organizing website.
Click here to learn more about the day, and to participate in an online Marathon of Prayer. Click here to download a flyer for the day put together by Becoming Neighbours.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.