The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated Feb. 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. It is also the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, 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.
On Feb. 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen and help empower survivors.
Check out the link below from Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte for resources, prayers and other information about this special day of awareness – and make time on Feb. 8 to gain awareness, pray and take action.