Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, Bishop Camillo Ballin passes away at 76


Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait (SHP)

Kuwait, Apr 13: Bishop Camillo Ballin, the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia passed away on Sunday, April 12 at 10 pm at the age of 76.

Bishop Ballin was born in Fontavia, Italy on June 24, 1944. He was an Italian Roman Catholic bishop, writer, missionary and educator.

He made his first religious profession (Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus) in 1965 and his perpetual profession on September 9, 1968. He was ordained Priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus on March 30, 1969, at Castelletto Sul Garda, Verona.

After his ordination, in 1970, he learned Arabic in Lebanon and Syria. Bishop Ballin started his priestly apostolate in the Latin parish of St Joseph in Zamalek, Cairo in 1971. The following year, he was appointed parish priest (1972-1977).

From 1981 to 1990, he was a professor at the Institute of Theology in Cairo and Delegation Superior and Provincial Superior of his religious congregation in Egypt. In 1990, he was assigned to the province of Sudan where he opened a Training Institute for the Formation of Religion Teachers in schools (1990-1997).

From 1997 till 2000, he was in Rome for his doctorate on the Church history of Sudan especially in the Mahdiyyah time (1881-1898 - during that period, the practice of any other religion, except the Mahdist Islam, was strictly forbidden) His research was on how Christians and Jews lived in those years of persecution.

Since 2000, he has been director of the Dar Comboni Center of Arab and Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt and professor of Church History in the Inter-Rite Major Seminary.

As an ardent writer, Bishop Ballin published several written works. In 2004, he published two of his books in Arabic, 'The Ways of the Spirit' and 'History of the Church'. The first explores, in-depth, the Rule of St Pacomius as the founder of communitarian monastic life. His second publication is a treatise on the history of the Church from its inception in the 15th century, the book particularly aimed at explaining the life of the Church to the Arab world, with special reference to the Eastern Church.

By July 14, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Ballin as the Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait.

On May 31, 2011, Bishop Camillo Ballin became the Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia. He oversaw the territories of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

 

  

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  • Santhosh D'costa & Family, Bejai / Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May the Lordship soul rest in peace.

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  • ROY SALDANHA, DOHA

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    We have heard Bishop Camilo during his regular visits to the Holy Rosary Church, Doha. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • FELIX ANDRADE, DOHA

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    R.I.P Dear Bishop

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  • James Anthony D'souza, Udupi Manipal India

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal Rest Grant him o lord and perpetual light shine upon and May his Soul Rest in Peace Amen

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore-Denmark

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Very sad news. The church missed a wonderfull Humble person. May Bishop Camillo Ballin`s Soul Rest In Peace.

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  • chris, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal rest grant unto Bishop Camillo Ballin, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. May his Soul rest in peace.

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Very sad news.May his soul rest in Peace

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  • James Anthony D'souza, Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal Rest Grant him o Lord and perpetual right Shine upon and May his Soul Rest in Peace Amen

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal rest grant unto Bishop Camillo Ballin, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. May his Soul rest in peace.

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  • THOMAS THAIKADAVIL, Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Have listened to sermons of Bishop Camillo Ballin in Sacred Heart Church Bahrain during his visits, and read about his life history. His lordship was an extraordinary individual and the world has lost a good person in this difficult time!
    Eternal rest grant unto Bishop Camillo Ballin, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Rudy D Souza and family, Omzoor/ Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    It is the shocking news that on the night of Easter Sunday, 12.04.2020, at 10pm *His Excellencey Bishop Camillo Balin mccj * went to his eternal abode to Rest In Peace, leaving his faithful Sheep behind. He was a good preacher, Orator, writer and wonderful down to earth humble person. We are really miss him.
    Eternal rest grant unto Bishop Camillo Ballin, O Lord. Let prefectural light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace .

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    RIP

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  • Gladys D'silva, Moodbidri/Qatar

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal Rest Grant unto him, O LORD! and let Perpetual light shine upon him. May the LORD ship soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Alwyn sumantha, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May the Lordship soul rest in peace.

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  • Rahul, BAJPE

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Really admired Late Rev. Bishop Ballins command on arabic language.
    As a native , birth place from Italy, late bishop rendered his selfless service towards vicarate of Arabia starting his initial days in Cairo , Egypt to Baharain.
    During my short stint in the Gulf , many occasion i listened his homily , which were really heart touching and were giving comfort to our mind and soul..
    Missing a stalwart missionary.
    RIP Rev. bishop Camilo Ballin
    May your great soul rest in eternal peace .....
    Condloences to all near and dear once, especially missionaries , from Gulf vicariate.

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  • Fr Vincent D Souza, Capuchin, Mogarnad

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Eternal rest grant unto Bishop Camillo Ballin, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

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  • Ina Carmelita D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Sad news of Bishop Camilo is no more. After the MI he suffered for sometime in the hospital now comes the news sad news of his passing away. May the soul of His Lordship rest in peace with God. Amen.

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  • Joseph, Mangaluru

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Sad news... May His Lordship’s soul Rest in Eternal Peace...Amen.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    RIP! Thanks Daiji for shedding light on his work for all of us to learn about it.

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  • Archie and Nancy Menezes, Falnir, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Very sad news. Bishop Camillo was a wonderful down to earth humble person. I thank God for giving an opportunity to know him and work with him in Kuwait pastoral council for many years. He had the real missionary zeal in him to spread the word of God and always at peoples service. A well respected person even with the govt. authorities and the ruling family. We will miss him. We pray to God to grant his soul eternal rest

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  • ROHITH, Mallikatte, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    R.I.P

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  • Ronald Mathias, Mangalore - Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Sad news about our Beloved Bishop Camilo Ballin.......
    May His Soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Louis miranda, Ferar/Kuwait

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May the Lordship soul rest in peace .Amen

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  • Monica Dantis, Muscat, Oman

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May His Lordship's Soul Rest in Peace. Chosen on the day of Easter.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait / India.

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May his soul rest in peace!!!

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  • Vincent Sequeira, Belthangady/Riyadh

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    Rest in peace dear Bishop Camilo. We in the parish of St Arethas and Companions loved you for your simplicity and down to earth nature. We will miss you.

    Lord Almighty, grant Bishop Camilo your servant, eternal peace, Amen.

    Vincent Sequeira

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  • Apoli Alvares, Bajpe , Bahrain

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    May the Lordship soul rest in peace ,

    RIP dear Bishop,

    A A
    Bajpe , Bahrain

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 13 2020

    R.I.P

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