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Comboni Covid Victims Buried

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.