Josephine Margaret Bakhita F.D.C.C.
Feast day: 8th February.
Mother Josephine, as she was
affectionately known, was born in Darfur, Sudan 1868, she died 8th February
1947 in Italy.
Canonised by Pope John Paul II in
considered patron saint of Sudan, slaves and victims of human trafficking.
Kidnapped and sold into slavery when a
child she was given the name 'bakhita' meaning fortunate. After being sold
several times she finally arrived in Italy and met the Canossian Sisters in
Venice where she was baptized and confirmed, choosing the Christian name
Josephine entered the Insitute of St
Magdalene of Canossa in 1893, legally a free woman. She was professed in 1896.
She served in their community in Verona for over 40 years until her death.
Paul II at her canonisation Mass said:
"We find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her
life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively
to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to
their dignity in the full exercise of their rights."
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