Comboni and the Women of the Gospel
At the centre of the icon, Daniel Comboni blesses. The bulk of his portrait recalls the monumental work he undertook: the proclamation of the Good News of Christ to the peoples of Africa. The missionary looked, thought and acted in the great ways that the Saints of God know how.
Comboni was in love with Christ Crucified, the Master. He has an intense gaze, without tensions, deeply immersed in the supernatural light of paradise.
His tunic is white, the colour of the tunic of the Risen and transfigured Christ. It is the tunic he was wearing when death struck him down in the midst of afflictions and struggles. He is wearing the Cross gifted to him by Pope Pius IX whose esteem he enjoyed and on his head the apostolic headpiece and around his waist his bishop’s belt. While he blesses with his right hand, in his left hand he holds his Plan for the Regeneration of Africa, fruit of inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
In this icon, he is surrounded by ten scenes which underline some fundamental dimensions of his understanding of missionary life: the importance of the woman in the Plan for the regeneration of Africa, his love for the Sacred heart of Jesus and the redemptive nature of the Cross.