Martyrs Day: Bishops call for intense prayer, charity and end to corruption

Ugandans have been urged to turn their homes into domestic churches of prayer and fasting if the country is to overcome the various challenges related to Covid-19.

They have also been urged to be united and stop differences based on religion and tribe. The calls were made by Kampala Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and his Church of Uganda counterpart Steven Kaziimba during Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations at the Anglican and Catholic shrines at Namugongo in Wakiso District on Wednesday.

During mass attended by less than 40 people, Archbishop Lwanga requested believers to deepen their faith, hope and charity so as to be victorious like the Uganda Martyrs.

The Archbishop also reminded them to strengthen their domestic Churches through prayer, the reading of the Word of God and deepening our understanding of the faith by reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

He urged them to continue to pray through the intercession of the Holy Uganda Martyrs that God may bless our land and grant our hearts’ desires in accordance to His will.

At the Anglican shrine, Archbishop Kaziimba has called for the country’s unity in the fight against corruption.

Kazimba said all of Uganda’s tribes should be as united as Uganda Martyrs who were bonded despite hailing from various faiths.

“Remains of the Roman Catholics, remains of Anglicans, remains of different tribes, different regions are all there. United for a good purpose of strengthening the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us have that. These young men were really united, let us be united,” he said.

Kazimba as such, said Ugandans should be united to fight corruption which he in words said is killing the country.

“Corruption is killing our nation, corruption is killing even religious organizations, corruption is killing everybody. As we remember the Martyrs day today, let us fight all these problems in the country because we need to work together, we need to grow together.”

A unified Church he said is one of the strongest evidence of the truth of the gospel especially in this world which he said is fragmented and divided.

“The Baganda and the Banyoro, the Batooro and the Bakonjo, the Basoga and the Bamasaba, the Hutus and the Tutsi, we need to be together. Let us be united,” he said.

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