Born c. 1869 in Olgossa, Darfur, Sudan
Died 8 February 1947, Italy
Year of beatification 1992 (17 May) 
Year of canonisation 2000 (1 October) 

Feast Day 8 February 

St Josephine Bakhita, also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ (our Black Mother) bore 144 physical scars throughout her life which were received after she was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery.

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Dear brothers and sisters, 
today, 8 February, is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking. The Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes have organized the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. I encourage those who work helping the men, women and children who are enslaved, exploited, abused as instruments of work or pleasure, who are often tortured and mutilated. It is my hope that government leaders may work decisively to remove the causes of this disgraceful scourge, it is a scourge unworthy of society. May each one of us feel committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters, who have been humiliated in their dignity. Let us all pray ...

(Pope Francis: Angelus Prayer February 8, 2015)


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Vigil of Prayer 2020 in Italian
Vigil of prayer 2020 in Spanish
Vigil of prayer 2020 in English
Vigil of prayer 2020 in French
Vigil of Prayer 2020 in Portuguese

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The texts of the Prayer Vigil for 8th of February

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Official Hashtag:  #PrayAgainstTrafficking

Events 2020 Archive


March: "Together against Human Trafficking"
Meeting at 10am in front of Castel Sant'Angelo.
Arrival in St. Peter’s Square at  11.30 am and participation in the Angelus prayer with Pope Francis.


Vigil of Prayer Orgazed by the International Coordination Committee of the IDPAAHT

Time: 6.30 pm

Place: Basilica Sant'Antonio da Padova in Laterano, Via Merulana, 124/B Roma

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I am Maria Goretti, a Sister of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth. I come from Poland but now I work as a translator in my Congregation here in Rome. I do not speak Italian well yet so please forgive me my mistakes. Our visits to CAS (Extraordinary Reception Center) are a recent experience, which we started as a group of Sisters last August 2nd. I wanted very much to do something helpful with regard to the problem of trafficking and I really found here the right place for me. It is nice to meet up halfway with the other Sisters every Friday afternoon, and all together go to these girls who are victims of violence or come from various difficult situations. Sisters with different charisms, Institutes with diverse purposes, different ethnic groups, languages and different colored habits. But we share the desire to do something concrete in order to be close to these girls. More than being a ministry to the girls, it is a lesson for me. I remember my imaginings about the ministry before I ...

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