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Monday, December 5, 2016
Kenya: missionaries launch Comboni Year
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¬†In anticipation of the canonization of their founder Daniel Comboni on October 5, 2003, members of the institutes he founded launched a 'Comboni Year' yesterday, with a special Mass in Nairobi's Holy Family Basilica. Archbishop Gabriel Zubeir Wako, the Archbishop of Khartoum, has also started a campaign for a Comboni University of the Sudan to mark the canonization. The superiors of the two institutions in Kenya, Fr Umberto Pescantini and Rev Sr AndrŤ Rotschild, have written to all Bishops and religious communities in the country inviting them to join in the celebrations. Daniel Comboni, first Bishop of Central Africa, died in Khartoum in 1881 at the age of 50 after spending all his energies to champion a renewed African society grounded on the Gospel of Christ and on just human relationships. He strongly believed in the ability of Africans to evangelise their own brothers and sisters. He is thus regarded as one of the 'Fathers of the Faith in Africa.' "I would like to have a hundred tongues and a hundred hearts to speak for Africa," he wrote. "No torment will shake me, no labour discourage me, no difficulty stop me." Source: CISA
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