St. Josephine Bakhita

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Talitha Kum members hold a sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘It is never too late to take action’ against human trafficking

Feb 8, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope established the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 10 years ago to coincide with the... Read more

St. Josephine Bakhita.

Survivor of human trafficking St. Josephine Bakhita discovered God’s infinite love 

Feb 8, 2024

By ACI Prensa

On the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, we honor the Sudanese-Italian saint Josephine Bakhita. Read more

Josephine Bakhita.

Pope Francis highlights St. Josephine Bakhita’s example of forgiveness

Oct 11, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The Sudanese-Italian saint’s life story is “an existential parable of forgiveness,” the pope said Wednesday. Read more

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Pope Francis in video message: Human trafficking ‘disfigures’ human dignity

Feb 8, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

To commemorate the World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking, Pope Francis called on young people to affirm... Read more

Timothy P. Schmalz with his sculpture ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free.’

St. Josephine Bakhita sculpture shines light on reality of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The ex-slave’s feast day is celebrated on Feb. 8. Read more

A bronze sculpture of Saint Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims, will be installed in the Vatican.

Saint Josephine Bakhita sculpture to be displayed in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday

Feb 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The sculpture will be in St. Peter's Square ahead of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking... Read more

Josephine Bakhita.

Pope Francis: Pray with St. Bakhita for the end of human trafficking

Feb 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called Sunday for an end to human trafficking, encouraging Catholics to pray for the intercession of St. Josephine... Read more

Josephine Bakhita.

The story of the patron saint of human trafficking victims

Feb 8, 2018

Today, February 8, has been designated as the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. It is also... Read more