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Pilgrims Drive To Namugongo Uganda

A total of 90 Catholics from Malawi set off on Sunday for a pilgrimage to the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine in Namugongo.

Led by the Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre Archdiocese, Montfort Stima,
the 3,000 km journey to Uganda, through Tanzania, began with a high
mass held at Limbe Cathedral, where Stima asked the holy spirit to guide
the pilgrims during the journey.

Archbishop Tarcisius Ziyaye bade farewell to the prigrims and told them they would be moved by the story of the Uganda martyrs.

This is the first official pilgrimage to Uganda by Malawian Catholics organised by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi.

There are over two million Catholics in Malawi, making the church the largest Christian denomination in the country.

Every June 3, people from all over Africa and the world join Ugandan
Christians in prayer and celebration of the great African saints who
sacrificed their lives for Christianity.

The Uganda Martyrs were beatified on June 6, 1920 by Pope Benedict
XV. They were canonised by Pope Paul VI on Mission Sunday, on October
8, 1964 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

The same Pope honoured the Martyrs with a pilgrimage on July 31 to
August 2, 1969, the first visit ever by a pope to the African Continent.

The famous Namugongo shrine stands at the spot where the gallant
leader of the Uganda Martyrs, St. Charles Lwanga was burnt alive.

Lwanga and 22 others were murdered on the orders of Mwanga II, the king of Buganda, between 1885 and 1887.

By yesterday, traders from different parts of the region had shifted
their businesses to the shrine as thousands of pilgrims came in.

When New Vision visited the area yesterday, the road to the
shrine was already taken on by various traders selling various
commodities including rosaries, T-shirts and other religious memorabia....
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Posted By: Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha
Country: Uganda
Category: Entertainment
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