Let us pray:
Saint Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child
and endured unspeakable hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.
O Saint Josephine Bakhita,
assist all those who are entrapped in slavery;
Intercede on their behalf with the God of Mercy so that the chains of
their captivity will be broken.
May God himself free all those who have been threatened,
wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings.
Bring comfort to survivors of this slavery and
teach them to look to Jesus as an example of hope and faith
so that they may find healing from their wounds.
We ask you to pray for us and to intercede on behalf of us all:
that we may not fall into indifference,
that we may open our eyes and
be able to see the misery and wounds of our many brothers and sisters
deprived of their dignity and their freedom,
and may we hear their cry for help.
Caritas Plymouth is collaborating with The Diocese of Exeter ( Clewer Initiative) The British Red Cross, Devon and Cornwall Police and Transforming Plymouth together to deliver an awareness event today in Plymouth. To learn more about the work of Caritas in this area please contact email@example.com.