Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese Most Rev Lambert Bainomugisha has received
his symbol of participation, the Pallium from Pope Francis.
The symbol gives
the Archbishop communion with the holy father the Pope. The Pallium is a woolen vestment consisting of a narrow circular band placed around
the shoulders with a short lappet hanging from front and back.
the Papal Nuncio to Uganda Luigi Bianco dressed Bainomugisha the pallium at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Nyamitanga
Most Rev. Bainomugisha was appointed the Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese in
2020 replacing Emeritus Paul Bakyenga. He was
installed in June 2020 in a ceremony that was attended by a few congregations
due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The delivery of the pallium from Rome was delayed by the outbreak of Covid-19.
Speaking after receiving the symbol, Archbishop Lambert said God chooses a person
to go and serve in any capacity noting that they should not be negligent and
forgetful but stand by their vocations.
"I chose you…
...he in us."//
a Christian expressed excitement that his Archbishop had received the symbol to
fully serve God’s people.
Mutabaruka the Mbarara Archdiocese Public Relations Officer said apart from the
letter of appointment, a pallium is the only visible symbol that shows his
sharing in the ministry of the holy father in the universal church from the pope
to the region he serves.
He says it symbolizes
the role of the chief shepherd caring for the flock as symbolized by Christ
carrying a sheep over his shoulders.