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Comboni messages lives on

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It was a joyful occasion for the African community when 15 children were baptised and eight candidates were confirmed at the feast of Daniel Comboni Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

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St Daniel Comboni was born in Limone, Italy, in 1831 and went to Africa as a missionary priest in 1854. He developed a plan to bring the Gospel to people who had never heard it but also to prepare Africans to evangelise their own people – a revolutionary idea for his time. His motto, Save Africa with Africa, captures the essence of the trust he had in the African people.

Named the first Bishop of Central Africa in 1877, St Daniel battled poor health while founding the Comboni Missionaries and Missionary Sisters before dying at the age of 50.

Administrator delegate Fr Philip Marshall celebrated the Mass wearing beautifully decorated vestments and met with community members during celebrations in the Cathedral Hall.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese church leaders held an ecumenical prayer for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan on Sunday October 28 in the Cathedral.

The service acknowledged the significant diaspora community within Australia and its strong desire to foster healing and reconciliation in the fledgling nation.

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