CRS embraces the legacy of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. We pray that her spirit may animate our work, and that our work honors her holy legacy.
As we reflect on how each of us can help end slavery, let us begin with prayer, asking for the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita as we discern how God is calling us to action.
At Catholic Relief Services, we are blessed every day to experience the beauty of God’s creatures. In honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 4, we are delighted to share some of our best photography of animals around the world paired with Bible verses and other quotes.
As she lay dying in 1947, St. Josephine Bakhita cried out, “Loosen the chains…they are so heavy.” The former slave’s words remain hauntingly relevant in a world where 21 million men, women and children suffer as modern-day slaves. But Bakhita’s story is more than one of suffering. As we fight to end human trafficking, it’s an inspiring example of resistance, solidarity and justice.