Today is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, a saint whom John Paul canonized shortly before his death.
Her life story is an incredible one--born a Muslim in Sudan, she was sold into slavery and suffered extreme harshness and torments. Through God's Providence she ended up being bought by the Italian Consul, who treated her kindly. She traveled with him to Italy and eventually became a Catholic and a religious sister. She did humble tasks lovingly and the people in the area came to love her for her gentle kindness.
St. Josephine, pray for us, and intercede for Sudan, where so much war, violence and slavery still exist.