Bethany (Agenzia Fides) - The Comboni Missionary Sisters, the only missionary institute founded in 1872 by St. Daniele Comboni, have recently celebrated fifty years of presence in Bethany, the town of Judea currently in the territory of the Palestinian State, and separated by the nearby Jerusalem because of the wall of division. On Saturday, March 5, the most intense moment of celebration was when a multitude of friends and acquaintances participated in the screening of a video on the history and spirituality of the community founded by Comboni, who before beginning his apostolic work in Sudan visited Bethlehem and Jerusalem, stopping at the Holy Sepulchre, as recounted in his writings.
In the Holy Land the Comboni Sisters - refer the official media of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in a report edited by Andres Bergamini - currently carry out their apostolic mission especially in the fields of education and assistance to the Bedouins, asylum seekers and foreign women. A community is also in the Jordanian city of Kerak. "Comboni" says Sister Adele Brambilla, superior of the community in Kerak "gave us his Spirit that brings together the poor and excluded. This is why we are in Kerak, a predominantly Muslim area, at the service of the poorest of the poor and excluded: Bedouins, Syrian refugees to whom we offer hospitality and medical care which they cannot find anywhere else".
The house of the Sisters of Bethany includes a school that now serves the children of East Jerusalem. In the past, the school was also attended by the children of Bethany. Then the Israelis built the separation Wall between the school and the Palestinian city. At the beginning, an open door in the wall allowed the children from Bethany to continue to attend school. Then even that passage was closed.
The celebration for the fiftieth anniversary of the Comboni presence in Bethany was attended, among others, by Rabbi Jeremy Milgram (involved in the work of the sisters in favor of the Bedouins), Dr. Diddy Mymin Kahn (who collaborated with Sister Azezet to write the book on how to help survivors of torture), and Betina Birmans, a neurologist who belongs to Physician for human rights. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 11/03/2016)