Prayer service to end human trafficking links:
“…WE RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL DEMAND TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR BY ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE OF THE CHURCH TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO WORKS WHICH ALLEVIATE CONDITIONS OF POVERTY AND OPPRESSION, INVOLVE US DIRECTLY WITH THE POOR AND MODIFY UNJUST STRUCTURES.”
— Constitutions 4.1
St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child
and endured untold hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ
and the Church.
O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped on a state of slavery;
intercede with God on their behalf
so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.
Those whom people enslave, let God set free.
Provide comfort to survivors of slavery
and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith.
Help all survivors find healing from their wounds.
We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.
— U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
Migration and Refugee Services, 2011