Author: Roberto Italo Zanini
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Recounts the life of Josephine Bakhita who was kidnapped near Darfu by Arab slave traders and suffered brutal and humiliating treatment until she was bought by an Italian and taken to Venice, Italy, where she later became a Catholic and a nun.
Author: Roberto Italo Zanini
Publisher: Ignatius Press
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. Joyfully 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 happened. 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. Ever 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 sainthood. 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. Roberto Italo Zanini is an editor and writer for Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops. His articles have appeared in many Italian publications, both Catholic and nonreligious.
Author: Roberto Italo Zanini, Andrew Matt
"When Josephine Bakhita was about nine years old, she was kidnapped near Darfu, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was bought by an Italian and taken to Venice, Italy, where she later became a Catholic and a nun. Joyfully 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 happened. Many hundreds of ordinary prople came to see Bakhita lying in state, and along with these visits came stories about how the simple nun had given comfort, advice, and encouragemenet as she went about her tasks as cook, doorkeeper, nurse, etc. Almost immediately graces and miracles attributed to Bakihita's intercession began to be reported." - back cover
Author: Clare Ukken
Author: Jean Olwen Maynard
Author: Maria Luisa Dagnino
Author: Veronique Olmi
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma. She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, "the Lucky One" in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins--one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today. With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita's world--her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure.
Saint Bakhita of Sudan
Author: Susan Helen Wallace, Sr. Susan Helen Wallace Fsp, Susan Helen Fsp
The biography of Saint Bakhita (1869-1947), who was captured into slavery at the age of seven, later brought to Italy, and who eventually became a Catholic nun. Includes prayer and glossary of terms.
Africa and the Americas
Author: Richard M. Juang, Noelle Anne Morrissette
"Dear Jesus,Even in the midst of very difficult circumstances as a slave, Saint Josephine looked up at the moon and stars and longed to know the Creator. You answered her longing, and in response she loved and served You faithfully. Give me the courage toseek You even in the midst of confusion and pain, and when You comfort me, help me share Your love with others, just asthis faithful saint did."
Saints of Africa
Author: Vincent J. O'Malley, C.M.
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
Over 117 million Catholics live in Africa - almost twice as many as in the United States. Is it any surprise that the saints of Africa number in the thousands? They include three popes, three Doctors of the Church, eight Fathers of the Church, thousands of martyrs, hundreds of monks, plus countless religious and lay leaders. Yet, how many of us can name even a handful of these saints? Saints of Africa presents a cross section of these remarkable men and women. From the earliest defenders of the Faith to twentieth-century martyrs, they bear witness to the remarkable sanctity of the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. Read the stories of these Christian heroes and heriones of African origin or African descent whose influence touches all of our lives.
A Circle of Saints
Author: Anne E. Neuberger
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
All children love stories and these wonderful saint stories are no exception. They put children in touch with the key events in the saints life, but also with the Churchs liturgical year. Using symbols and seasons to great advantage, the author creates here beautiful and meaningful moments for sharing these stories. She believes that celebrating the saints gives children at least two experiences they rarely encounter, both vital to a healthy spirituality: taking time for reflection and learning the language of symbols. Whether in a religion class or at home, children will love hearing about Nicholas, Lucia, John Bosco, Bridget, Bernadette, Peter, Martin de Porres, Mary, and twenty-eight others.
This incisive study adds a new dimension to discussions of Egypt's nationalist response to the phenomenon of colonialism as well as to discussions of colonialism and nationalism in general. Eve M. Troutt Powell challenges many accepted tenets of the binary relationship between European empires and non-European colonies by examining the triangle of colonialism marked by Great Britain, Egypt, and the Sudan. She demonstrates how central the issue of the Sudan was to Egyptian nationalism and highlights the deep ambivalence in Egyptian attitudes toward empire and the resulting ambiguities and paradoxes that were an essential component of the nationalist movement. A Different Shade of Colonialism enriches our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egyptian attitudes toward slavery and race and expands our perspective of the "colonized colonizer."
Tale of Wonder
Author: Ida Zanolini