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Josefina Margarete Bakita (Bakhita)
Gedenktag katholisch: 8. Februar
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Nonne Darfur im Sudan † 8. Februar 1947 in Schio bei Vicenza in Italien * um 1870 in der Provinz Bakitas Vater war der Bruder eines Stammesfürsten, er hatte sechs Kinder. Als kleines Kind wurde sie zusammen mit ihrer Freundin von arabischen Sklavenhändlern geraubt; die Sklavenhändler nannten sie - zynisch - Bakita, du hast Glück gehabt. Als sie mit einem anderen Mädchen fliehen … [More]

FEBRUARY 8, 2011
February 8, 2011
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time Mark 7:1-13 Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. [For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not … [More]

Josephine Bakhita (c. 1869 – February 8, 1947) was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Roman Catholic Canossian nun in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000, she was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Early life
Early details about Bakhita are not fully known. She was born to a locally important family, probably in Olgossa, a village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. She was Dinka or possibly Daju.[1][2] Her father was the brother of a tribal … [More]

For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed. Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of seven, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. She was re-sold several times, finally in 1883 to Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan. Two years later he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to his friend Augusto Michieli. Bakhita became … [More]