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Masaka Diocese to lead Uganda Martyrs day celebrations

It is now two years since the Masaka Catholic diocese was chosen to be the lead organizer of the celebrations of Uganda martyrs day at Namugongo which take place on 3rd June every year.

Unlike the past, martyrs celebrations have been conducted scientifically due to the fear of Covid 19.

The year 2000 was the last time Masaka Catholic diocese was appointed the lead organizer of Uganda martyrs celebrations pilgrimage at Namugongo where thousands of believers gathered at Namugongo Catholic shrines

Twenty years later the diocese was again appointed to organize the ceremony. But as they started preparations, COVID 19 pandemic struck, bringing everything to a standstill.

Masaka catholic is one of the key dioceses of the roman catholic church in Uganda since evangelization in this area started in the 1890s by the White Fathers missionaries.

Masaka is home to three martyrs St. Bruno Sserunkuuma, St.Charles Lwanga and St Yowana Maria Muzeeyi, propels  a strong spiritual relationship and attachment believers have for

Uganda Martyrs.

Nakiwala Jackie a resident of Kyabakuza village in Masaka city is one of those who have been footing Namugongo for almost over to celebrate martyrs day. Nakiwala who is the secretary pilgrims her devotion towards Uganda martyrs is a comparable

She has over fifteen years been walking a journey of approximately 150km from Kyabakuza Masaka to Namugongo.

Missing Namugongo pilgrimage to Namugongo is a spiritual loss not only to Christians but for all believers from other religions.

Since the 3rd June celebrations at Namugongo martyrs shrines are restricted to a few pilgrims, some parishes have decided to take a few pilgrims to Namugongo before the d- day which is next week.

Masaka diocesan Bishop  Severus Jumba has however cautioned whoever has plans to trek to Namugongo for martyrs days celebrations next week.

Preparations in terms of organizing the choir that is supposed to perform at Namugongo is underway but the number has been reduced from 500 performers to 60.

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