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COMBONI MISSIONARIES: Bishop Camillo Ballin Passes Away

Comboni missionary Camillo Ballin, Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, died of cancer at the age of 76 on Easter Sunday, in a Roman hospital where he had been hospitalized.

Msgr. Camillo Ballin had dedicated his life as a missionary and then as a bishop at the service of the Christian communities present in Arab countries with a Muslim majority. 

Hailing from Italy, he joined the Institute of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) founded by Saint Daniel Comboni.  

He served in Egypt, studied in Rome and was assigned to Sudan where he opened a Training Institute for the Formation of Religion Teachers in schools. 

In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Ballin as the Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait, and in 2011 was appointed the first Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia that included the territories of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Bishop Ballin served with apostolic realism and perspicacity the many communities of baptized Catholics, without churches, who arrived in his Apostolic Vicariate from dozens of different countries searching for work.  

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