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8 FEBRUARY FEAST DAY OF ST. BAKHITA
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

O God, when we hear of children and adults
deceived and taken to unknown places for
purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor, and
organ ‘harvesting’ our hearts are saddened and
our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are
ignored through threats, lies, and force.

We cry out against the evil practice of this modern
slavery, and pray with St. Bakhita for it to end.
Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and
stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits
have been so wounded, so that together we may
make real your promises to fill these sisters and
brothers with a love that is tender and good.

Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be
converted from this wickedness, and help us all to
claim the freedom that is your gift to your
children. Amen

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