Saint Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita

Only One Master

That total abandonment to God would be Josephine’s legacy—and it is one we can work toward as 21st-century Catholics.
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Dear Reader: Saints Be Praised!

This month, to commemorate the feast of All Saints, we are offering a lineup of articles that acknowledge and celebrate a handful of saints and blesseds.
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Radical Saints: Josephine Bakhita

Born about 1869 in Sudan | Died February 8, 1947, in Italy Canonized October 1, 2000 | Feast Day: February 8 Josephine’s Radical Gift Slave traders took away her name and her family. She was kidnapped, beaten, and scarred. And ...
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St. Josephine Bakhita is represented in this statue by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz in this photo released by the Holy See Press Office Feb. 3, 2022. St. Bakhita, who was sold into slavery as a child, is the patron saint of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, which is marked on her Feb. 8 feast day. (CNS photo/courtesy Holy See Press Office)

St. Josephine Bakhita—A Model of Faith

Her kidnappers gave her the name Bakhita, meaning "fortunate. " Her life in captivity wasn't quite so. Born in Darfur in 1869, Josephine Bakhita was taken by Arab slave traders when she was 9.
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