Comboni Missionaries Ireland

Comboni Brother Pietro Laffranchi: Desiring to Empower the Workers

He was born in 1899 in a small village in the region of Brescia, Northern Italy. Feeling the Lord was calling him to the mission, he insistently asked to join the Comboni Missionaries. He entered the novitiate in Venegono Superiore in 1925, making his first profession as a religious in 1928. During these first years …

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Ethiopia: the Guji, a people in transformation

The Guji are an ethnic group of southern Ethiopia. They belong to the great family of the Oromo. Traditionally semi-nomadic, today they live more from agriculture than cattle-raising. A glance at some aspects of their life and culture. They are around five million people scattered around the most southerly area of the immense territory called …

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Comboni Brother John Giori, Captain of the Redemptor

“I am a farmer by profession, self-educated for anything else.” With this candid statement, John Giori, a native of Sacco di Rovereto, near Trent in Northern Italy, introduced himself. John decided to enter the Institute founded by Comboni after meeting him in Limone sul Garda. After taking the vows, as one of the first group …

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