Saint Barbara was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, Barbara was a beautiful young woman whose tyrannical father, Dioscorus, kept her imprisoned in a tower, protecting her from the world. She was martyred at his own hand because she refused to renounce her newly acquired Christian faith.
St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a young girl in Sudan and sold as a slave. She suffered bullying and hardship under different masters. One took her to Italy where she met the Canossian Sisters. She learned about Jesus and became a nun later. She led a holy life of humility, service and charity, inspiring everyone especially her African people. She also forgave her captors and those who caused her much suffering. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Her feast day is on 8 February.