The deceased are Brother Benito Ricci the former Diocesan Treasurer for the Archdiocese of Gulu and Father Jesus Aranda Nava MCCJ who worked at Palorinya Refugee Camp in Moyo district.
Courtesy photo of Bro Benito Ricci, former Diocesan Treasurer for the Archdiocese of Gulu
The remains of two Comboni Missionaries who succumbed to the
deadly Coronavirus disease have been laid to rest.
They are Brother Benito Ricci the former Diocesan Treasurer
for the Archdiocese of Gulu and Father Jesus Aranda Nava MCCJ who worked at
Palorinya Refugee Camp in Moyo district.
An informed parishioners who asked for anonymity told URN
that the two priests were in their late seventies and reportedly had underlying
illness including diabetes and pressure.
They have been buried at the Gulu Archdiocese Burial Ground in
Negri Village, Layibi-Bardege Division Gulu City on Friday afternoon.
Both died on Wednesday at St Mary`s Hospital Lacor in Gulu from
where they were receiving treatment for Coronavirus disease alias COVID-19.
The burial ceremony started with a requiem mass at St
Joseph`s Cathedral Catholic Church in For-God Parish which was led by Bishop
Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Archbishop of Arua Diocese.
The burial was only attended by 70 people as required by the
Ministry of Health to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In attendance were sisters, priests and the Comboni Provincial
Superior for Uganda and Sudan while more Catholic faithful looked on from
afar in a somber mood.
The bodies were wrapped in body bags recommended for burying
COVID-19 victims. The entire exercise was conducted by the COVID-19 and health
workers from St Mary`s Hospital Lacor.
During the requiem mass, Bishop Odoki praised the two for
their dedication towards serving humanity.
He noted that Father Aranda offered great spiritual guidance
to the refugees while working at Palorinya Refugee Camp.
For Brother Benito, Odoki said that his guidance on
financial management in the Gulu Archdiocese will forever be felt.
He also used the same occasion to rally the people to follow
the COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and the
Standard Operating Procedures by the government.
In his condolence message, Msgr. Matthew Odong the Vicar
General for Gulu Archdiocese said that they received the news of the deaths with great
sorrow, praying that God rewards the deceased with Eternal Life in return for
their missionary witness among the people they served with love.
Uganda has registered13,568 cases of Coronavirus disease
with 117 cumulative deaths since March this year.
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