Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Comboni Missionary community of Granada, Spain has welcomed 18 Sub-Saharan Africans immigrants so that they, too, could enjoy Christmas. The immigrants are all around 25-years old and reached the Spanish coastline with small boats only a few weeks ago.

It all started with a chance meeting at the bus station. Fr. Kakule Silusawa Lwanga had just arrived from Madrid to attend a youth meeting, when he bumped into a group of young Africans whose only document was an expulsion order form. He talked with them for a while and then returned to see them the next day. At that point the Comboni community decided to welcome them and, providentially, it is being supported by various associations as the group faces a number of bureaucratic and legal difficulties. The smiles on the faces of their guests is the source of the greatest joy in the hearts of the missionaries who host them.

Fr. Pedro Andrés, the provincial, answering a letter from the superior of the community of Granada who informed him of the situation, has said that “the immigrants were, are and always will be welcome.”