Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bishop Pietro Salvatore Colombo

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Bishop Pietro Salvatore Colombo, O.F.M. was born 28 October 1922 in Carate Bianza, Italy. He was murdered 9 July 1989 in Mogadishu, Somalia.

BiographyHe served the people of Somalia from 1946, after he had been ordained a priest in Milan, Italy until his death 43 years later. He was appointed as the first Bishop of Mogadishu in 1975, and ordained as Bishop of Mogadishu on 16 March 1976.[1]

Bishop Colombo was well regarded by non-Catholics, whether Muslim or secular. Bishop Colombo was known for his pragmatic oversight of aid projects, making sure that aid projects could operate after the foreign aid workers went home. The government of President Siad Barre did not tolerate proselytizing, but was comfortable with the humanitarian aid dispensed by the Church.[2]

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