The Word Among Us

Easter 2006 Issue

From Slave to Saint

The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita

By: Jill A. Boughton

The girl was walking in the fields some ways off from her home, when two strangers appeared and asked her to pick them some fruit. Brought up to show courtesy to adults, the nine-year-old hurried to obey. Not until she was in the forest did she realize it was a trick.

"I saw two persons behind me," she later recalled. "One of them briskly grabbed me with one hand, while the other one pulled out a knife from...

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