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Monday, December 5, 2016
Sudden death of White Father Daniele Lattuada
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¬†Missionary of Africa, Father Daniele Lattuada died suddenly at his parents' home in Gorgonzola, Milan on Sunday, 25 September. Fr Luigi Morell Superior of the Italian Province of the White Fathers, described the death of Fr Daniele as: "a tragic loss for all of us which only faith in the Lord can illuminate." He said: "Fr Daniele returned from mission in Congo in 2001 to work in missionary animation in Italy. He organised photo exhibitions and held meetings with young people and children here in our House and in various different parishes. Fr Daniele started Simba Ngai ("help" in Lingala) a centre where boys learn to be carpenters, plumbers, wielders, electricians in KInshasa, the capital city of Democratic Republic of Congo. The students leave with the tool box they have earned with jobs during the course at the centre, and leave with the skills to earn their living. "The idea came to Fr Daniele seeing the number of young boys knocking at the door of his parish looking for work or money" said Fr Morell. "Initially the idea was not accepted by some of the confreres but in the end thanks to his hard work Simba Ngai Centre is a reality and it also offers help to poor children said to be "witchdoctors" and thrown out by their families for being an evil power. This scourge is widespread in Africa. Children and young people come from rural areas to towns to escape poverty and many are orphans of war of AIDS". "In Italy Fr Daniele dedicated himself to missionary work with groups and parishes all over the place" said Fr Morell. "Fr Daniele also collaborated with Educazione e Sviluppo del CELIM in Bergamo and in collaboration with the local university for animation in schools with students interested in other ,cultures". Fr Daniele Lattuada was born in Gorgonzola, in 1961. In December 1991 he became a member of the White Fathers, Missionaries of Africa. On 27 June 1992 in Treviglio he was ordained a priest. He went on mission to Congo, in the capital Kinshasa. His work in a very large was intense, and at times frenetic - he had prepared for it leaning the local Lingala language. The parish was large with numerous Christians. © Independent Catholic News 2005
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