1,000 Pilgrims Set Off from Masaka Diocese to Namugongo

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In short
The journey and subsequent events are in remembrance of the suffering and death of at least 45 religious converts who paid the ultimate price for defending their newly found faith. Under the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda, the Christian converts were put to death between 1885 and 1887.

More than 1,000 pilgrims from Masaka Catholic diocese have set off for the annual pilgrimage to Namugongo, ahead of martyrs' day celebrations. They will trek a distance of 140 kilometres, through the districts of Kalungu, Mpigi, Wakiso and Kampala.

The journey and subsequent events are in remembrance of the suffering and death of 45 religious converts who paid the ultimate price for defending their newly found faith. Under the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda, the Christian converts were put to death between 1885 and 1887.

John Romano Sserwangi, the chairperson of the pilgrim's committee in Masaka Diocese says that they registered over 930 people at the diocesan cathedral at Kitovu, who will be joined by colleagues in different parish stations in Kalungu district.

The pilgrims include nine Reverend Brothers, 14 priests and 17 nuns from the Daughters of Mary congregation from Bwanda convent. He explains that although they had limited participation of children in the pilgrimage, some parents have preferred to trek the journey with them.
 
//Cue in tulinamu abasaseredooti……
Cue out………..kinaana mu ebbiri//
 
Marked on June 3, this year's Martyrs Day celebrations  will run under the theme; 'Let us walk in the light of God as a family". 
Sserwangi says that the diocese is using the pilgrimage to intercede for peace in the country and for the canonization of the Late Monsignor Aloysius Ngobya and Reverend Sister Amedeo Byabali, who the Church wants to be declared in saints.
 
 
//Cue in; Kyokka mwekyo…
Cue out…. lyaffe erye Masaka."//
 
Reverend Father Denis Mbuga, who led the group of 102 pilgrims from Katimba parish in Sembabule district, says they are also devoting their prayers to ask for God's intervention to end the spate of murders and kidnaps that have put the country on tension.

 
//Cue in (Luganda) emundu gyetulina…
Cue out...okukyusa embeera."//

Right Reverend Henry Katumba Tamale,  the Bishop of West Buganda Diocese in the Anglican Church says they are also using the day to appreciate the significance of the worthy lives of Uganda Martyrs.

Bishop Katumba explains although they do not directly venerate the Martyrs, they draw from them rare values of great dedication, great devotion to faith and courage, which challenges the current church to reflect on their ways.
//Cue in, for us in…
Cue out... their good examples."//
 
//Cue in; (Luganda) Omukristaayo ow'ekanisa…
Cue out………….ekya abajulizi abo."//