Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Daniele Comboni (1831-1881) founded the Institute for the Missions of Nigrizia in 1867, which then became "Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus". After a first unforgettable missionary experience in Africa, which led him to develop, in 1864, his famous "Plan for the Regeneration of Africa", he planned a missionary project in the motto "Save Africa with Africa".
According to information gathered by Fides, the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Institute, which was founded on 1 June 1867, will cover the entire year of 2017. The celebrations will begin with a letter from the General Council, while the main event will be a Symposium on the mission to be held from May 25 to June 2, addressed to the whole Comboni family spread in the world, and a closing celebration in Rome. Even the districts in which they are present will program the Comboni celebrations and local events throughout the year. The Comboni missionaries, religious institution exclusively dedicated to the mission ad gentes, are now about 1,700 in 300 communities in thirty countries on four continents. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 21/07/2016)