February 8 designated day of prayer, awareness against human trafficking
January 27, 2015
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General have designated February 8 as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.
February 8 is the memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a Sudanese slave who in time was baptized and became a religious sister in Italy.
In the United States, there will be a special Mass that day for human trafficking victims at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
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