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Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima
The Adelaide Catholic community raised awareness of the
tragedy of human trafficking when it celebrated the feast
of St Josephine Bakhita last month.
Adelaide Diocesan staff joined Archbishop Wilson in
expressing their solidarity for victims of human trafficking
at a special liturgy on the International Day of Awareness
and Prayer Against Human Trafficking on February 8. The
annual event coincides with the feast day of St Josephine
Bakhita who as a child was kidnapped and sold into
slavery in Sudan and Italy.
During the service, the Archbishop prayed for the victims
of human trafficking and an end to the cruel practice. A
video featuring Australian examples of human trafficking
Attendees then proudly displayed signs and stickers with
the hash-tag #kidstheyarenotslaves in a sign of support
for the many child victims of trafficking, forced labour and
On Sunday February 12, attendees of the weekly African
Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral celebrated the
feast of St Bakhita. Three African members of the clergy
concelebrated with Archbishop Wilson and participated in
two baptisms and three first communions.
Following the Mass, a re-enactment of St Josephine’s
life from slavery to salvation was performed and families
gathered for lunch.
Bishops and religious leaders across Australia held similar
events to recognise the feast of St Bakhita and to reflect
on Pope Francis’ calls to end human trafficking.
The United Nations estimates that one in every
three victims of human trafficking is a child and that
approximately 30 million children have been sexually
exploited over the past 30 years.
Millions of children are trafficked each year globally
and used for domestic servitude, sexual exploitation,
pornography production, forced marriage, illegal
adoption, forced labour, and as child soldiers.
“Pope Francis has called us to make a difference.
Sometimes our steps are small, but together we can
achieve a great deal, especially when we work with others
to stop human trafficking,” said Bishop Terry Brady,
Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life.
Sr Anne Tormey rsm, president of the Australian Catholic
Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) said
the day was “an opportunity to learn about trafficking
locally and globally, to advocate for legislation and pray
for the protection of children who become victims of
Prayers for human trafficking victims
RE-ENACTMENT: Members of the African community
performed a play about St Bakhita after her feast day
Mass last month.
Photo: Ben Macmahon
ALL ABOARD: Archbishop Wilson meets Commander Francesco Pagnotta on the deck of the
Italian navy frigate Carabinieri.
Photo: Ben Macmahon
Rising star with a social
conscience – page 8
Franceska finds refuge in her
faith – page 14
By Jack Manning
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