When she was about nine years old, Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped
near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was
subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and
taken to Venice, Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun.
and serenely Bakhita served in a convent, school and infirmary run by
Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her
death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption
Hundreds of ordinary people came to see Bakhita lying in
state, and along with these visits came stories about how the simple
nun had given comfort, advice and encouragement as she went about her
tasks as cook, doorkeeper, nurse, etc. Almost immediately graces and
miracles attributed to Bakhita's intercession began to be reported.
since, the place where Bakhita died and the wonders began has been a
shrine visited by people from all over the world. They come to seek the
intercession of one who was no stranger to loss and suffering and yet
had given herself with complete confidence to the Lord. It is here, in
this sparsely furnished room, where Italian journalist Roberto Italo
Zanini begins his story of Bakhita and her journey from slavery to
Based on Bakhita's autobiography, which she dictated
to a Canossian sister in obedience to her superior, the canonization
files and many other sources, Zanini records the life, virtues and
miracles of this daughter of Africa who has become a sister to the whole
world. Illustrated with 16 pages of photos.