The bishop explained that no one is called to be a spectator in the church but instead everyone is called to be an active member and to make a considerable contribution towards the development of the church.
While Archbishop Lwanga died in his bed last week, as a result of heart failure, according to medical reports, his colleague Bishop Kaggwa died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in January. "It was sudden and untimely, by human standards and it has created despondence, doubt and depression within us," The Bishop of Masaka Diocese Rt Rev Serverus Jjumba said, before asking what is happening to the Church in Uganda.
Kirabira says that whereas some Ugandans are furiously agitating to gain their freedom, they are at the same time injuring the available peace in the country yet Uganda currently needs peace much more than anything else.
The Christian feast comes just a week before Easter, to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Over the years, Palm leaves have been used to simulate events in Jerusalem where Jesus’ path was covered in palm fronds before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.
Male, who is living a simple life at his home in Kawempe, says he has for some time been trying to expose fraudulent preachers who claim to have supernatural powers to offer financial blessings, physical well-being and healing among their flock in exchange for material benefits in vain.
The Director of the Social Communications Department of Kampala Archdiocese, Fr Joseph Mukasa Nkeera, has since confirmed the development revealing that the directives were issued during a high-level meeting with the clergy and senior executive committees of parishes at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala this Saturday.
Authorities note that though the municipality has been hosting the day for years with a lot of indirect benefits due to the influx of people in the area for over almost a month, they have been lacking a proper plan strategized to ensure that the municipality remit some revue to its coffers.
While delivering the homily during mass held on Sunday at Uganda Martyr’s Shrines, Namungongo, the elected Vice President in charge of justice and peace Rt. Rev. Anthony Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, South Africa, noted that there have been two extreme perceptions about Africa which need to be checked.
Albertina Musinga, a Kenyan pilgrim from Machakos Diocese, says that they felt challenged to leave the place cleaner than they found it. Musinga, who is making her fifth pilgrimage adds that cleaning Namugongo is a way of giving back to the lord for the favors and miracles they have received through the intercession of the Uganda martyrs.
The two unidentified youngest foot pilgrims aged nine years from Gulu archdiocese and Mbarara diocese respectively and 95-year-old Benardo Tibyangye from Bushenyi and another 90-year-old only identified as Daniel who trekked from Gulu.
By 6am, thousands were seen queuing from as far as Kyaliwajjala while many others were seen trekking from different routes leading to the Shrine. Most routes are being manned by a ring of joint security team.
A number of screening centres were set up by the Ministry of Health in the wake of an Ebola crisis that has devastated the Democratic Republic of Congo for close to ten months. Each pilgrim at Namugongo is screened to determine their temperature, and places they have visited prior to the pilgrimage.
According to the new regulations, only 350 VIPs will be granted access to the catholic shrines, 300 to the Anglican shrines and at least five to the Muslim shrines. Musinga says the numbers were decided following a review of the available parking space.
The journey will take them to Mulungu landing site in Munyonyo, where the first Arabs Ahmad bin Ibrahim, and Snay bin Amir landed in Buganda in 1843 and Nateete, where more than 500 Muslims were killed and buried following the Buganda religious wars.
This is the fifth time that Tibyangye, a tea farmer, is leading the first group to arrive in Namugongo, according to records at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Secretariat. Congregants were astonished by his courage and determination as he led the group towards the precincts of the Shrine.
The Catholic Shrines Rector Rev Fr Vincent Lubega notes that they have found it important to run quality tests to ensure that pilgrims don’t consume contaminated water. He adds test sample have already been taken by a team of experts from National Water and Sewerage Cooperation-NWSC.