Video reflection in honour of St Josephine Bakhita from Sudan, kidnapped and sold into slavery as a child. Her Feast Day – 8th Feb – has become special day of prayer for victims of slavery and trafficking around the world.
In his homily at mass on 1 January 2015 Pope Francis said the following –
The message for the Day of Peace this year is “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters”. All of us are called to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement. From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces. May he guide and sustain us, who, in order to make us all brothers and sisters, became our servant.
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