2022 Assembly


International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking


Samples of events from amongst the RENATE Network for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, can be found here: RENATE_Saint Bakhita’s Day 2016_compilation_ENG

Albania_2016 St. Bakhita Day 2016_URAT leaflet_ENG
Hungary_2016 Invitation to the Service in Budapest_HU_ENG
Hungary_2016 Ima Február 8_prayer_HU
Malta_St. Bakhita 2016_presentation_MT
Poland_2016 Apel na MDMiR na temat Walki z Handlem Ludźmi_PL
Poland_2016 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking_ENG
Poland_Zaproszenie na film 7.02.2016_invitation_PL
Slovakia_St. Bakhita 2016_CARITAS_plagat_SK
UK_2016 St. Bakhita Day_TRAC Awareness Raising Card_ENG
Other useful links & information:
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) – various materials in Italian
A Light Against Human Trafficking
Talitha Kum_UISG_A Light Against Trafficking_programme outline_ENG
Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking 2016 Final_ENG

Poland_Noc Miłosierdzia 8.02.2016_plakat_PL
Poland_Noc Miłosierdzia 8.02.2016_plakat_PL

Malta_St. Bakhita 2016_flier_MT
Malta_St. Bakhita 2016_flier_MT

Calendar of daily prayers to end Human Trafficking_St. Bakhita_ENG
Calendar of daily prayers to end Human Trafficking_St. Bakhita_ENG


First International Prayer Day & Reflection on Human Trafficking


Vatican City, 26 November 2014 (VIS) – The Pontifical Councils for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and for Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the international male and female Unions of Superior Generals (UISG and USG) have convoked an international conference for prayer and reflection on human trafficking, tobe held on 8 February 2015, feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the Sudanese slave canonised in 2000.
According to a press release, “human trafficking is one of the worst examples of slavery in the XXI Century. This concerns the whole world. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) roughly 21 million people, often very poor and vulnerable, are victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour and begging, illegal organ removal, domestic servitude and forced marriages, illegal adoption and other forms of exploitation. Each year around 2.5 million people are victims of trafficking and slavery: 60 are women and children. They often suffer abuse and unspeakable violence. On the other hand, for traffickers and pimps, this is one of the most lucrative illegal activities in the world, generating a total of 32 billion dollars a year. It is the third most profitable ‘business’ after drugs and arms trafficking”.
“The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness on this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people, who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves. Another goal is to attempt to provide solutions to counter this modern form of slavery by taking concrete actions. For this, it is necessary to stress the need to ensure rights, freedom and dignity to all trafficked persons, reduced to slavery. On the other hand, we must denounce both the criminal organisations and those who use and abuse the poverty and vulnerability of victims to transform them into goods for pleasure and gain”.
Source: Vatican Information Service
Press Release 25th November 2014
L’Osservatore Romano 27th November 2014
Other links: in English & in French & in Italian

Josephine Bakhita: from Slave to Saint


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Saint Bakhita

On February 8, the Church commemorates the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan.
Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869, in a small village in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was kidnapped while working in the fields with her family and subsequently sold into slavery. Her captors asked for her name but she was too terrified to remember so they named her “Bakhita,” which means “fortunate” in Arabic.
Retrospectively, Bakhita was very fortunate, but the first years of her life do not necessarily attest to it. She was tortured by her various owners who branded her, beat and cut her. In her biography she notes one particularly terrifying moment when one of her masters cut her 114 times and poured salt in her wounds to ensure that the scars remained.  “I felt I was going to die any moment, especially when they rubbed me in with the salt,” Bakhita wrote.
Read full article here: Catholic News Agency