Josephine Bakhita, the African Saint

Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a former Sudanese slave who became a saint, is still little known in the West, unlike in Africa. Telling her life is captivating, as her earthly journey is so unusual, almost romantic. Her youth is rich with uncommon events, but it is the period when she is religious that is the most important. Her rather long journey of 78 years testifies that this humble Daughter of Charity was a true witness of God’s love.

Read the whole story on the website of “Notre histoire avec Marie” (only in French).

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn 13:20). With these words, the Evangelists remind the Christian community of Jesus’ teaching, which both inspires and challenges. This phrase traces the sure path which leads to God; it begins with the smallest and, through the grace of our Saviour, it grows into the practice of welcoming others. To be welcoming is a necessary condition for making this journey a concrete reality…

Continue reading the message of Pope Francis for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees on the Vatican Website.