The 8th February 2017 is the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita, and is also the World Day of Prayer, reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.
A mass for St Bakhita will be held on Sunday 12th February at 11:30am at the St Josephine Bakhita Centre, 31-33 Chipala Road, Westminster.
About St Bakhita and human trafficking:
Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. After gaining her freedom Josephine Bakhita dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister and was canonised in 2000. Like Josephine Bakhita, millions of children are trafficked into domestic servitude every year. They are also trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography production, forced marriage, illegal adoption, forced labour, and to become child soldiers.
The theme of this year’s feast day celebrations is: They are children! Not slaves!
The media release for Bakhita Day from Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) can be read here.
Resources for the World Day of Prayer, reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking can be found here.
Further Information about human trafficking and organisations working to end it:
- Mercy International Association: http://www.mercyworld.org/
- Human Trafficking: Mercy Nurses Trained to Spot Modern-Day Slavery: https://www.mercy.net/newsroom/2017-02-02/human-trafficking-mercy-nurses-trained-to-spot-modern-day-slavery
- RENATE: Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation: http://www.renate-europe.net/
- U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking: http://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org/
- Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics:This paper is written by Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) and Sr Noelene Simmons SM, NSW Regional Co-ordinator for ACRATH. http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/series-papers
- Anti-Slavery Australia: http://www.antislavery.org.au/
- Walk Free: https://www.walkfree.org/take-action/
Source: Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH)