The feast day of St. Bakhita has been set aside for us to stop and reflect on the trafficking of people. St Bakhita, the slave girl who became a saint is the universal symbol of the Church’s commitment against slavery and human trafficking.
Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity. Pope Francis
Click on the link for a pdf of some Prayers of Intercession which could be used around the time of the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita - 8 February.
What does Talitha Kum mean?
It is Aramaic for "Young girl, I tell you, get up." Do you know where to locate that episode in Scripture?
Find out more
Talitha Kum Aotearoa New Zealand background HERE
Talitha Kum - an international network of consecrated life against trafficking in persons HERE
Let Us Pray
God of hope and peace touch our hearts and energize our ongoing efforts in abolishing human trafficking, a heinous crime against humanity, so that every victim is freed and every survivor's life renewed. You blessed St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan with compassion for others. May her prayers comfort and strengthen the women, men, and children who are in search of freedom. We ask for transformation of heart for those who inflict pain, anguish and grief on our vulnerable sisters and brothers. Give us generosity to stand in solidarity with others so that together we heal the hearts and lives of all Your people. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.