Camillo Ballin

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Camillo Ballin
Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia
Bishop Camillo Ballin.jpg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
DioceseApostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia
Installed31 May 2011
Ordination30 March 1969
Consecration2 October 2005
by Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe
Personal details
Born (1944-06-24) 24 June 1944 (age 74)
Padua, Italy
NationalityItalian & Bahraini
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceBishop's House, Awali Bahrain
Previous postApostolic Vicar of Kuwait
Coat of armsCamillo Ballin's coat of arms

Camillo Ballin (born June 24, 1944) is an Italian Roman Catholic bishop, writer, missionary, and educator who is the Roman Catholic Vicar Apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia.

Family and early life[edit]

Camillo Ballin, son of Lucia and Angelo Ballin, was born in Fontaniva, Italy on June 24, 1944.[1]


Ballin was ordained Priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus on March 30, 1969.[1]

Ballin began his priestly apostle in St. Joseph parish in Cairo in 1971, and then he served as Parish Priest from 1972 to 1977. From 1977 to 1980, Ballin was located first in Kaslik, in Lebanon, and then Pontificio Instituto Orientale, in Rome, for his Licentiate in Oriental liturgy. He was a professor at the Institute of Theology in Cairo from 1981 to 1990.

In 1990, Ballin moved to Sudan and founded a training institute for religion teachers. From 1997 to 2000, Ballin returned to Rome for his doctorate on the Church history. In 2000, he was appointed Director of the Dar Comboni Center of Arab and Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.

On July 14, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ballin as the Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait.[1]


In 2004, Ballin published "The Ways of the Spirit" and "History of the Church" in Arabic.[1]

Catholic Unity Congress[edit]

The Catholic Unity Congress was established in 2008 by the Pastoral Council at the Holy Family Cathedral in Kuwait City and led by Ballin as the head of the Catholic Church in Kuwait. The mission of the conference is to increase awareness that all Catholics groups "are one and united with the Lord." [2]

Later life[edit]

Ballin resides in Awali Bahrain.


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography: HIS LORDSHIP BISHOP CAMILLO BALLIN, MCCI". The Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait website. The Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait. 1999–2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  2. ^ Garcia, Ben (13 November 2009). "Kuwait: Cathedral Concludes 'Catholic Unity Congress'". Friday Times. Shuwaikh, Kuwait: Kuwait Times. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 22 April 2010.

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