Josephine Bakhita was born near Jebel Agilere in the Sud Darfur (Sudan). Kidnapped when still very young, she experienced the cruelty of slavery as she was sold several times in slave markets of Africa. Finally she was rescued by an Italian family and brought to Italy where she not only became a Christian but also felt the call to consecrate her life to God as a sister. She joined the Canossian Daughters of Charity and lived the rest of her life at Schio, a small village near Vicenza. She died on 8 February, 1947. (from the Universalis website)
Pope Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Spe Salvi in paragraph 3 contains a brief biography.
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day for February 8: St. Josephine Bakhita
Catholic Online’s biography of St. Josephine Bakhita
Monday, 8 February, Feast of St Bakhita, is now World Day Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Trafficking in Persons.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have a web page devoted to St. Josephine Bakhita. It includes this prayer:
In honour of Sr. Josephine Bakhita, we invite you to pray with us today:O God, you always hear the cry of your peopleand have compassion for the oppressed and the enslaved.May they experience the liberation of the crossand the resurrection of Jesus.We pray to you for those sufferingthe torment of human trafficking.Transform us by the power of your Spirit,to be sensitive to the pain of these, our sisters and brothers.Committed to overcoming this evil,give us the courage to stand up and work for the rightsof our sisters and brotherswho live in slavery and exploitation.We ask this with the intercession of St. Josephinein Christ our Lord. AMEN!— Prayer by Peter McKenna, SCJ