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Bakhita - From Slave to Saint

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"When she was about nine years old, Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and taken to Venice, Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun.

Joyfully and serenely Bakhita served in a convent, school and infirmary run by Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption happened.

Hundreds of ordinary people came to see Bakhita lying in state, and along with these visits came stories about how the simple nun had given comfort, advice and encouragement as she went about her tasks as cook, doorkeeper, nurse, etc. Almost immediately graces and miracles attributed to Bakhita's intercession began to be reported.

Ever since, the place where Bakhita died and the wonders began has been a shrine visited by people from all over the world. They come to seek the intercession of one who was no stranger to loss and suffering and yet had given herself with complete confidence to the Lord. It is here, in this sparsely furnished room, where Italian journalist Roberto Italo Zanini begins his story of Bakhita and her journey from slavery to sainthood.

Based on Bakhita's autobiography, which she dictated to a Canossian sister in obedience to her superior, the canonization files and many other sources, Zanini records the life, virtues and miracles of this daughter of Africa who has become a sister to the whole world. Illustrated with 16 pages of photos.

Roberto Italo Zanini is an editor and writer for Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops. His articles have appeared in many Italian publications, both Catholic and nonreligious.

Praise for Bakhita:

""Every story of sanctity is that of a person who takes her life whole - the gifts and the sorrows, wounds and wonders all - and opens to the grace of God. Such is the story of St. Josephine Bakhita told beautifully and with careful scholarship by Roberto Italo Zanini. By choosing Christ and choosing forgiveness, Bakhita illuminates the darkest shadows of the human condition with the transforming light of faith in the one true Master.""
--Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., Prioress, Regina Laudis Abbey"

 


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9781586176891
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2013

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St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/08


Patron Of: Sudan, Sacred Heart

Also known as

    * Giuseppina Bakhita
    * Madre Moretta
    * Sister Moretta

Memorial

    * 8 February

Profile

    Born to a wealthy Sudanese family, she was kidnapped by slave-traders at age 9, and given the name Bakhita (lucky) by them. Sold and resold in the markets at El Obeid and Khartoum, finally purchased in 1883 by Callisto Legnani, Italian consul who planned to free her. She accompanied Legnani to Italy in 1885, and worked as a nanny for the family of Augusto Michieli. She was treated well in Italy and grew to love the country. An adult convert the Christianity, she joined the Church on 9 January 1890, she took the name of Josephine as a symbol of her new life.

    She entered the Institute of Canossian Daughters of Charity in Venice, Italy in 1893, taking her vows on 8 December 1896 in Verona, Italy and serving as a Canossian Sister for the next fifty years. Her gentle presence, her warm, amiable voice, and her willingness to help with any menial task were a comfort to the poor and suffering people who came to the door of the Institute. After a biography of her was published in 1930, she became a noted and sought after speaker, raising funds to support missions.

Born

    * 1868 at Oglassa, Darfur, Sudan

Died

    * 8 February 1947 of natural causes in Italy

Venerated

    * 1 December 1978 by Pope John Paul II (decree of heroic virtues)

Beatified

    * 17 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

    * 1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
    * thought to be the only saint originally from Sudan

Patronage

    * Sudan

Name Meaning

    * the lucky one; fortunate ( = bakhita); whom the Lord adds (Joseph)
 



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