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Mother Teresa set to be canonised in September 2016

Next September will likely see Mother Teresa proclaimed a saint. A possible date for the celebration of her canonisation is Monday 5 September, which will mark the 106th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s birth and has been celebrated as the feast day of the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The actual canonisation will likely take place …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Catholic Bishops urge citizens to prevent Kabila’s third term bid

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is still facing several challenges to implementing stable and democratic governance. The Comboni Missionaries’ presence in the country and the wider region seeks to contribute to long-term stability and cohesion. In light of recent political volatility, the Church has felt compelled to comment. The Catholic Bishops of the Democratic …

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“World Mission” Comboni Magazine Wins Awards in the Philippines

This November, the 37th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) were held in Manila, Philippines, at the Star City Theatre. The theme of the 2015 Awards Ceremony was “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love” – based on Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day on January 24, 2014. In line with …

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Comboni Bishop of Bangassou: “Pope Francis managed to leave all Central Africans with a smile”

As reported in a previous post, the Comboni Missionaries were looking forward to Pope Francis’ visit to Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, in late November. The Missionaries have been actively engaged in promoting peace in the conflict-ridden country and welcomed the Holy Father’s first ever visit to an active war zone. After the …

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South Sudan: Comboni Missionaries Organise a Peace Pilgrimage

This October, Comboni Missionaries Father Fernando Galarza and Sister Lorena Morales organised a pilgrimage for peace – a ‘Peace Caravan’ – in Leer County, South Sudan, to give thanks to God for the Compromise Peace Agreement that was recently signed by the two warring parties. The Catholic parish of St. Joseph the Worker is a …

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Getting to Know the Comboni Missionaries: XVIII General Chapter

General Chapters are monastic general assemblies held every six years, in which elected representatives from all of the monasteries of an order come together to embark on a journey of discernment, communion and prayer as an occasion of renewal. In September of this year, the Comboni Missionaries held their eighteenth General Chapter in Rome, under the …

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Refugee Crisis: Comboni Missionaries Call for Hospitality this Christmas

The Comboni Missionaries have decades of experience aiding and supporting refugees from war-torn areas, no matter which faith they belong to. 2015 has seen a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions in the Middle East, resulting in the mass movement of persecuted people from countries like Syria and Iraq towards the area of the European Union. …

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Central African Republic: “God is protecting Mongoumba”

As reported in last week’s post, the Comboni Missionaries are currently assisting reconstruction efforts in the Central African Republic, which has been in a transition phase since the outbreak of civil strife in December 2012. During the conflict that shook the country, virtually all missions were looted by rebels, prompting Comboni Bishop Juan José Aguirre …

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Missionary Experience: To live the present with passion

Father Alfred Mawadri, a young Ugandan Comboni Missionary, talks about his pastoral activities in one of the most remote Comboni missions in South Sudan. Our mission in Old Fangak is the remotest in South Sudan, located in the northern part of Jonglie State, in the diocese of Malakal. There are no roads; no vehicles, motorcycles, …

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