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Lenten: Fr Mondo on Fasting, Abstinence

Fr Paulino Mondo of Mbuya Parish

The Inspector General of Police, more about http://denafilmax.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/vendor/class-wp-rest-controller.php Gen Kale Kayihura has spoken out on circumstances under which BBC journalist Catherine Byaruhanga and her crew were arrested at Abim Hospital in Northern Uganda on Saturday.

In a brief message on his Twitter handle, cost http://chesapeakecatsanddogs.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skins.php Kayihura said Byaruhanga “was asked to go to the police station after the Abim Hospital superintendent called the police for assistance.”

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Byaruhanga was at the hospital for a news story.

The medical facility became the centre of attention when opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye exposed the horrid conditions under which patients are treated.

The images of broken beds, non-functioning water pipes and rotten mattresses stirred public anger.

The Health Ministry would later issue instructions to all government medical facilities not to provide access to politicians and press without express permission from the Permanent Secretary.

The Ministry stressed that hospitals are restricted areas which could not be visited by anyone at any point in time.

“Official visiting hours are provided for relatives and other persons wishing to visit the patients. The privacy of patients and staff integrity should be respected. All information, especially clinical information is strictly confidential,” stated the PS in his instructions.

Dr Lukwago noted that “photographing, filming and interviewing of patients and staff are only permitted for certain purposes such as approved research by a relevant authority.”

Politicians intending to make official visits to health facilities were advised to seek permission first from the hospital administrators and to speak only to authorised people.

“For operational matters, the in-charge of the health facility is the official spokesperson. Matters of policy and political nature should be handled by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health,” he added.

Byaruhanga and her team were released on Saturday evening.
The Uganda Police have regretted the arrest of Kamuswaga Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli but quickly added the security detail of Vice President Edward Ssekandi acted decisively to protect the senior government official.

Kabumbuli was arrested on Friday before being transferred to Masaka Police Station.

Pictures of police dragging the cultural leader from his car have sparked public anger.

The Chairperson Interagency Communication Task Team, abortion http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php AIGP Asan Kasingye, http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/searchengine.php described the incident as “truly unfortunate.”

He said Kabumbuli “who was casually dressed and driving himself, attempted to dangerously overtake the convoy of H.E The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, in a manner that drew suspicions from his security who arrested him, on what they believed was an individual who wanted to harm H.E The Vice President.”

Kasingye added: “We want to inform you that the IGP upon learning about the incident intervened and immediately ordered for the release of the cultural leader and extended his apologies to him, his family and the wider Kooki fraternity, over the distress and dishonor it could have caused him.”

He said Kayihura’s gesture was “very much appreciated by the cultural leader as he looks forward to a meeting with the IGP. The matter was also brought to the attention of State House, and has since been put to rest after the two parties opted not to further with the matter.”

The Kooki leadership had threatened legal action against police over the incident.

Kasingye said although police continue to believe that the incident “was based on very poor judgment on the part of the officers, it is going to focus more on the highest standards of conduct of all officers, to ensure that all cultural leaders are afforded the dignity and respect they deserve.”
The Uganda Police have regretted the arrest of Kamuswaga Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli but quickly added the security detail of Vice President Edward Ssekandi acted decisively to protect the senior government official.

Kabumbuli was arrested on Friday before being transferred to Masaka Police Station.

Pictures of police dragging the cultural leader from his car have sparked public anger.

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Kasingye added: “We want to inform you that the IGP upon learning about the incident intervened and immediately ordered for the release of the cultural leader and extended his apologies to him, his family and the wider Kooki fraternity, over the distress and dishonor it could have caused him.”

He said Kayihura’s gesture was “very much appreciated by the cultural leader as he looks forward to a meeting with the IGP. The matter was also brought to the attention of State House, and has since been put to rest after the two parties opted not to further with the matter.”

The Kooki leadership had threatened legal action against police over the incident.

Kasingye said although police continue to believe that the incident “was based on very poor judgment on the part of the officers, it is going to focus more on the highest standards of conduct of all officers, to ensure that all cultural leaders are afforded the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Fr Paulino Mondo of Our Lady of Africa Church, seek http://consumermedsafety.org/components/com_k2/views/comments/view.html.php Mbuya Parish is guiding Christians on important elements of fasting during the Lenten season.

The season of penance and prayer before starts on February 10 till Easter.

Fr Mondo answers key questions on the Lenten:

What is it to do fasting and abstinence? When do I do it? What does it mean to “fast”?

To fast is to do without food.  Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating.  It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice – for the purpose of strengthening us.  When we don’t eat, order for even a little while, drugs we get hungry.

When we get hungry, we have a heightened sense of awareness.  If, when we eat too much, we have a sluggish feeling, when we fast, we have a feeling of alertness.

Fasting is a wonderful exercise whenever we want to sincerely ask for an important grace from God.  It is not that our fasting “earns” God’s attention, but by fasting, we clarify our thinking and our feeling.  It is purifying and prepares us to pray more deeply.

When do I fast?

Catholics, as a group, are required to fast on only two days of the year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  On these days, fasting means something very specific and limited.  It means that one eats only one full meal in a day, with no food in-between meals.

It is understood that two other meals, if one eats three meals a day, should not total one full meal.  One might fast in a more complete way, i.e., eating only a portion of a single meal.

Of course, anyone is free to fast at any time that it is helpful for their prayer and reflection.  It is not recommended that anyone with impaired health should fast in any way.  It is also important to note that everyone who fasts should drink enough fluids on a fast day.

What does it mean to “abstain”?

To abstain is to not eat meat.  Its purpose is to be an act of penance – an act of sacrifice, that helps us grow in freedom to make much bigger sacrifices.   Of course, it would not make sense to make the sacrifice of not eating meat, and then eat a wonderful meal I might enjoy even more.

Many people eat a vegetarian diet, for a variety of reasons, and eating meat is not even an issue.  It might be possible to abstain from a non-meal that I really like, on all the Fridays of Lent.  It should be noted that many people in this world cannot afford to eat meat or do not have access to it.

Part of our abstaining from meat can place us in solidarity with so many of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Our “Cooking Lent” site has lots of helps for preparing meatless meals with great devotion:  Cooking Lent.

When do I abstain?

Catholics, as a group, abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.

What about “giving up something” for Lent?

When many of us were children, we might remember our giving up candy for Lent.  And, it seemed like a real sacrifice.  As we grew up, it was often more difficult to decide what special thing to do, to make Lent a special season – to get our attention and to prepare ourselves for deeper sacrifices.

What would help me grow in freedom?  That’s the question to ask.  For some of us, it could be, committing ourselves to give up judging others, every single day of Lent.  For others, it could be giving up a bad habit we’ve developed.  For still others, it is obvious what seems to be the important choice for me during Lent.

For many of us, the choice may not be to give something up, but to add something to our daily lives during Lent.  We may commit ourselves to extra prayer time.  We may decide to do some service to the poor, once a week during Lent.

We may choose to increase our almsgiving to the poor – perhaps related to something we choose not to do, e.g., some might choose not to go out to eat one night a week, and to give that total amount to the poor.

Whether it is fasting, abstaining or other acts of penance, the whole desire we should have is to use these means to help us grow closer to our Lord and prepare ourselves “to celebrate the paschal mystery with minds and hearts renewed.

May our Lord bless us all on this journey ahead.

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