BI Daniele Comboni


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first RC Bishop of Central Africa and founder of the Verona Fathers. In 1854 he was ordained priest for the African mission in the Institute founded at Verona by Nicholas Mazza and later became Vice-Rector of its African colleges. In 1864 he conceived his ‘Plan for the Regeneration of Africa’; its basic idea was to ‘save Africa with Africa’. In 1867, when the Mazza Institute gave up its African work, he founded the Missionary Institute for Africa, commonly known as the Verona Fathers. At the First Vatican Council (1870) he presented a ‘Petition on behalf of the Black Populations of Central Africa’. In 1872 he founded the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of Verona. He was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Central Africa in 1877. He was involved in the struggle against slavery. Feast day, 10 Oct.

Subjects: Christianity.

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