He founded the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus and the Comboni Missionary Sisters in 1867. Since then, the Comboni Missionaries consisting of “brothers, sisters, priests, volunteers, benefactors, and prayer partners” have reported traveling “to nearly every corner of the world, sharing the good news of Christ and working to protect the dignity of people.”
The missionaries describe their entity as “an international Catholic organization dedicated to ministering to the world’s poorest and most abandoned people, often working in unstable political climate, in the midst of extreme poverty.”
“It is a great event for the Combonians and students, especially those who receive education through the Comboni (schools),” Zangazee told ACI Africa.
He also said that the Thursday event, which brought together clergy, religious women and men, and laity in Juba Archdiocese, was great to the young people to honor and pay respect to all the missionaries ministering in South Sudan despite the challenges of the mission.
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was presided over by Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro of Juba and concelebrated by over 50 Catholic priests with thousands of faithful in attendance.
“It was an event that brought all people together including the government … to promote this spirit of unity, peace and harmony among ourselves as South Sudanese,” Zangazee told ACI Africa.
Zangazee also spoke about the celebratory and jubilant mood that characterized the day that was spent at Rejaf Parish in the outskirts of Juba town, which he described as “the foundation, where the seed of faith started.”
The organizers of the centenary celebrations of the Archdiocese of Juba reserved the solemnity of St. Daniel Comboni, which matches his death anniversary, to recognize and celebrate Missionaries who have been involved in the ministry of evangelizing the territory covered by Juba Archdiocese.
Guided by the motto “Save Africa through Africa”, Daniel Comboni took part in the first Vatican Council as the theologian of the Bishop of Verona, and got 70 Bishops to sign a petition for the evangelization of Central Africa, Postulatum pro Nigris Africæ Centralis, which still continues to date in different sectors.
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