From Slave to Saint

ISBN: 9781586176891
Author: Roberto Italo Zanini
Length: 210 pages
Edition: Paperback
Code: BAKH-P
Price: $16.75

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. Illustrated with 16 pages of photos.

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.
Praise for Bakhita:

"Every story of sanctity is that of a person who takes her life whole - the gifts and the sorrows, wounds and wonders all - and opens to the grace of God. Such is the story of St. Josephine Bakhita told beautifully and with careful scholarship by Roberto Italo Zanini. By choosing Christ and choosing forgiveness, Bakhita illuminates the darkest shadows of the human condition with the transforming light of faith in the one true Master."
--Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., Prioress, Regina Laudis Abbey




The Light of Faith: Lumen Fidei - First Encyclical of Pope Francis


Roman Catholic Books and DVDs

Bakhita - From Slave to Saint

Christians in China - A.D. 600 to 2000

Contemplative Provocations - Fr Donald Haggert

Creation and Evolution - A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI

The History of the Church, combined Teacher's Manual/Workbook - Didache Series

The History of the Church Student Workbook - Didache Series

American Church - The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America

Jacob's Ladder - Ten Steps to Truth

The Light of Faith: Lumen Fidei - First Encyclical of Pope Francis

The Miracle of Father Kapaun - Priest, Soldier and Korean War Hero

Man, The Image of God - The Creation of Man as Good News

The History of the Church - Didache Series

Conclave - How a Pope Is Elected

The Creed - The Faith of the Church

A Theology of History - Didache Series




DVDs on Padre Pio and Sr. Faustina:
DVDs - 3 Documentary Films in one DVD

Other Documentary Videos on

Sr. Faustina, Padre Pio and Apparitions at Medjugorje
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Faustina

Pious Publications
"Seeing Is Believing" Video Library

Padre Pio Revisited

From San Giovanni to Heaven - New Video on Canonization of Padre Pio

The Beatification of Padre Pio (NewVideo)

The Life of Sister Faustina - The Apostle of Divine Mercy

Spanish Edition - La Historia De Sor Faustina

A Celebration of Padre Pio - Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry

Spanish Edition - Homenaje Al Padre Pio

Padre Pio - At The Gates of Heaven

Medjugorje - The Miracles and The Message

Sister Faustina - The Promise of Mercy

The Beatification of Sister Faustina - Join the Celebration

Padre Pio's San Giovanni - "I Can Refuse No One"

Padre Pio's Way of the Cross


HLI Pro-Life Material - Pro-life Books, Audio CDs, DVDs and Catholic Videos

Free MP3 Music Downloads


Free MP3 Music Downloads of Christian Contemporary Music



Home Page