28, Feb

The Slave who became a Saint

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The Slave who Became a Saint

February 8th was the Feastday of St Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Daughter of Charity in Italy.

As a child Josephine was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Khartoum and Italy. Later she was rescued and spent many years serving others in Italy before being canonised in 2000.

The story of St Josephine Bakhita led a group of Sisters and an Associate in Perth to gather and learn more about human trafficking in Australia and around the world.  It was a reflective and thought provoking  sharing in which were discussed the complexities of looking for ‘bargains’ in relation to fair trade and the hidden nature of trafficking in Australia. Those gathered spent time in prayer for victims of trafficking.

Josephine Margaret Bakhita, F.D.C.C., was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Click here to read more about Sr. Josephine on Wikipedia

Below are images of Sr. Lucy explaining and discussing the issues around Human Trafficking with other sisters from W.A.

Lucy, Kathleen and Bernadette

Lucy, Kathleen and Bernadette

Kathleen, Bernadette, Peter and Patricia

Kathleen, Bernadette, Peter and Patricia

 

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