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Pope Francis Excites Thousands at Namugongo

Pope Francis Arrives at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

Hundreds of thousands this morning filled the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, dosage buy information pills http://comeandcheck.it/wp-includes/query.php for an extraordinary mass presided over by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The overjoyed crowds that waited for the Pontiff for hours at the refurbished historical place welcomed him with dance and loud cheering.

The crowds wildly cheered His Holiness the Pope

The crowds wildly cheered His Holiness the Pope

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The mass was graced by President Yoweri Museveni, http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widget-visibility.php his wife Janet, the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and dozens of top government officials.

Also present at the mass was opposition leaders and presidential candidates Hon Dr Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi.

The Opposition side was well represented

The Opposition side was well represented

Tight security was maintained by both Uganda Police and the national army’s elite unit overseen by Special Forces Commander Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Special Forces boss Muhoozi Kainerugaba would live nothing to chance

Special Forces boss Muhoozi Kainerugaba would live nothing to chance

In his concise message to the faithful, Pope Francis dwelt much on the lessons that the church and Uganda ought to pick to the dozens of the largely youthful Uganda martyrs who gave their lives for the Gospel of Christ.

The day’s mass was held to mark 50 years since their canonization as Saints by Pope Paul VI back in 1964.

“Today we recall the sacrifice of the Uganda martyrs whose witness of love for Christ and the church has truly gone to the end of the earth,” said Pope Francis in his interpreted teaching.”

Hundreds of thousands turned up for the historic mass

Hundreds of thousands turned up for the historic mass

“We remember also the Anglican martyrs whose deaths for Christ testify to the ecumenism of blood. I think of Saints Joseph Mukasa and Charles Lwanga, who wanted to pass on the gift [of the Holy Spirit] they had received. They did this in dangerous times. Not only were they lives threatened, but so too were the lives of the younger boys under their care.”

“Today, venerated as martyrs, their example continues to inspire people throughout the world.”

The Holy Father thus called upon the congregation to daily fun into flame, the gift of the spirit like the martyrs, for then they would become God’s Missionaries.

Pope Francis called upon the Church to emulate the Uganda Martyrs

Pope Francis called in his sermon upon the Church to emulate the Uganda Martyrs

The witness of the martyrs, Pope Francis noted, should teach Uganda that worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy.

“They don’t bring peace; but fidelity to God, honesty and integrity and genuine concern for others bring us that peace, which the world cannot give.

The Holy Father will later today will be meeting with youths at the Kololo Independence grounds as well as vulnerable people at the Wakaliga Bakateyamba orphanage.

 

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