MANILA, Oct. 20, 2014—Despite and precisely because of the Ebola virus claiming lives in Africa, a priest says the invitation to say “yes” to the African missions continues.
“Ebola is affecting the poorest people and the poorest continent. This is why there is a call for the mission to be present in Africa: to collaborate with the government, to work on the formation of the people and to aid the families affected by the disease,” Fr. Miguel Llamanzares, delegation superior of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in Asia said.
According to him, these trying times of the epidemic in Africa is the “best time” to go on mission to the continent.
“It’s the time to be present. Those who are there have chosen to stay and help as much as they can,” Llamanzares said, encouraging fellow missionaries to follow suit.
Although the African countries where the Comboni missionaries are present are still considered Ebola-free, Llamanzares said a Comboni sister was among those who died during the earlier outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda.
Llamanzares urged the Catholic community to pray for missionary work to flourish in Africa and for support for their apostolate.
“This World Mission Sunday, we are invited to support the missionaries in Africa by praying for them and for supporting them financially. Controlling Ebola and treating the disease is taking a great toll financially among those affected,” he added.
The founder of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, St. Daniel Comboni was known for pioneering evangelization work in Central Africa. He organized religious men and women and brought them to the continent for missionary work. Famous for saying “Either Africa or death,” Comboni died while on mission in Sudan in October 10, 1881. (CBCPNews)