Juba, 15 October, 2019 / 1:23 am (ACI Africa).
As the people of God in South Sudan celebrated the Solemnity of Saint Daniel Comboni last Thursday, October 10, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Juba used the occasion both to honour Missionaries for their role in evangelizing Sudan and South Sudan and to renew their commitment of faith in the person of Christ Jesus within the context of the Archdiocesan centenary celebrations.
“The celebration (St. Comboni) is providing us with the opportunity to renew our faith,” the Secretary General of the Juba Archdiocesan Centenary celebration, Emmanuel Zangazee told ACI Africa Friday October 11.
The celebration is viewed as a chance to “respond to whatever challenges that we are having in our faith and continue to grow in faith in the spirit of unity, peace and harmony among ourselves,” Zangazee said.
“(St.) Comboni is our father in faith who really took upon himself (the belief) that Africa or death, making sure that the gospel reach Africa, and he died in Sudan,” Zangazee said recalling the work of the first Bishop of Central Africa, St. Daniel Comboni.
Born in March 1831 in Limone sul Garda, Italy, St. Comboni realized his dream of evangelizing Africa at the age of 28 when he arrived in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, where he would also die aged 50.