Fr Joseph Okumu, the Rector Wi-polo Martyrs shrine says despite getting directives to host only 70 people, they got overwhelmed with high number of people who turned up at the venue for prayers.
Christians praying during commemoration of 102 martyrdom of Jildo Irwa and Daudi Okello on Tuesday.
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Hundreds of Christians on Tuesday thronged Wi-polo Marty’s shrine
in Paimol Sub-county, Agago district to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the
martyrdom of Jildo Irwa and Daudi Okello.
The annual spiritual event was initially restricted to only 70 Christians due
to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However more 200 worshipers among them pilgrims who trekked on foot from Acholi
sub-region turned up at the martyr’s shrine to commemorate the event.
The event was marked with strict adherence to Standard Operating
Procedures-SOPs as Christians were subjected to observe the social distancing,
mandatory facemask wearing, hand washing and temperature monitoring before
accessing the 14 acres venue.
The mass was marked under the theme “Martyrdom of Daudi and Jildo: Healer of
Fr Cyprian Ocen, the Parish Priest of Patongo Catholic Parish in Agago district
in his homily to the Christians urged them to emulate the good deeds of the
Fr Joseph Okumu, the Rector Wi-polo Martyrs shrine says despite getting
directive to host only 70 people, they got overwhelmed with the high number of
people who turned up at the venue for prayers.
//cue in: “Gin ma otime…
Cue out:…wa nongo angwen.”//
//cue in: “we didn’t expect…
Cue out:…seven water points.”//
Helen Opwonya, one of the Christians who attended the prayers says the day was
mixed with blessings and displeasure due to the few who turned up.
Opwonya who is one of the directors of St John Paul II College in Gulu says
they were forced to leave out the majority of students who used to be part of
the annual spiritual event due to the pandemic.
//cue in: “coming to wipolo…
Cue out:…blessing and displeasure.”//
Blessed Okello and Irwa were Acholi catechists beatified by
his holiness Pope John Paul II on October 20, 2002, among the 22 other Roman
Catholic martyrs in Uganda.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi