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Prayer for the safe return of the
young women abducted in Nigeria

Human trafficking is ugly. The terror, degradation and destruction of the human spirit and body are real. A secondary school for girls, in Nigeria, was attacked and almost 300 young girls were abducted. They are destined to be sold in the sex slave trade. While a small group of the girls were able to escape, two have died of snake bites, the others are missing and being held by a group of terrorists.
Let us put our belief in the power of prayer  into action and join together as a Diocesan family to pray for the safe return of these young girls. You are invited to use the prayer to St. Josephine Bakita. Every day until the safe return of these young girls let us pray:
St. Josephine Bakita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endued untold hardship and suffering. Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church. O St. Bakita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery. Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity. Those whom man enslaves 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. Amen.