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Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita – International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

February 8

This Day of Prayer is held on February 8th each year. In addition to prayer, the day is a call to action:

“Our awareness must expand and extend to the very depths of this evil and its farthest reaches…from awareness to prayer…from prayer to solidarity…and from solidarity to concerted action, until slavery and trafficking are no more,” says Cardinal Peter Turkson.

In this sense another goal of the day is to encourage people to act and to take concrete steps to help eradicate slavery and trafficking. Indeed, an essential part of freedom is our ongoing effort to ensure it is woven into the fabric of our society.

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February 8
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