Today is an important date in the Catholic calendar. Pope Francis has proclaimed Feb. 8 the “International Day of Prayer and Awareness on Human Trafficking.”
The date commemorates the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman who was kidnapped into slavery in the 1800s, rescued by an Italian diplomat, welcomed by a convent to become a nun, and canonized by the pope as a saint.
“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity,” says Pope Francis. “It’s a disgrace,” he says, that read more >