Catholic Archdiocese of Juba celebrates Comboni Day

By Anna Nimiriano


The Catholic Archdiocese of Juba yesterday celebrated Saint Daniel Comboni Day at Kator Cathedral. It was an annual celebration (10th of October every year) marking the date Daniel Comboni died for it in Khartoum/ Sudan.

The Vatican Ambassador to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo said during the mass that Daniel Comboni preached the word of God to Africa. That brought the love of God among people.

However, in the family of Daniel Comboni, there are priests, Brothers, Sisters and Lay people. The message is that how can we live a life of Daniel Comboni in our communities. How can we be merciful, peace markers to our people in the communities? How can we live in communion of God with our brothers and sisters? How can we say the truth, justice and reconcile among ourselves.

Daniel Comboni sacrificed his life to the people of Africa. The work he did and his family is doing is for the poorest and the victims of violence to live with justice and peace. The family of Comboni is praying to people of South Sudan. Comboni laid many churches in Africa and there were many schools named in his name. Comboni missionary work is to evangelize the word of God to Christian’s communities.

According to the information provided, the family of Comboni is committed first to evangelization and human promotion with special option for the poor. They accept and prepare new generation of young people to missionary life.

“The spirit of God is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim and set free those oppressed. “

Daniel Comboni was born in 1831 in Limone / Italy; he died in 1881 in Khartoum/ Sudan.  One of his homilies in Khartoum on 11th May 1873 was that” come day come night, come sun, come rain, I shall always be equally ready to serve your spiritual needs, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the sick, the young and the old, the masters and the servants will always  have equal access to my heart.

“Your good will be mine and your sorrows will also be mine.  I make common causes with each one of you, and the happiest day in my life will be the one I will be able to give my life for you.”

These are the words of Daniel Comboni to be remembered with.  What would be yours that people will remember you with? How many good things have you done that your families, communities and country will remember you with?

Let the blessing of Daniel Comboni bring us peace in the country and to teach us always do good things to our people. The celebration ended with evening entertainment at Comboni secondary school.



In Juba there is Comboni secondary school at Kator near the church.

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