Archbishop Ntagali Calls for Compassion, Support to Refugees

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Ntagali was speaking during the Public Way of the Cross service, organized by Uganda Joint Christian Council UJCC, an ecumenical organisation bring together all religious denominations in Kampala to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. The service was held at old Kampala.

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali has asked Christians to offer financial and material support to refugees in Uganda as well as communities most hit by long dry spells.

Ntagali says that the support should be a demonstration of love that Christ expressed for Christians by accepting to die on the cross. In the coming months, he said, Uganda Joint Christian Council will be visiting Karamoja and South Sudan refugees' camps to deliver material support.

Ntagali was speaking during the Public Way of the Cross service, organized by Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), an ecumenical organisation bring together all religious denominations in Kampala to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. The service was held at old Kampala primary school.

His plea comes on the backdrop on reports that host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter refugees displaced by violence in South Sudan.

Uganda currently hosts more than 832,000 refugees from South Sudan and its approach in dealing with refugees has been hailed as the most progressive, promoting self-reliance of refugees and their hosts. But the chronic under-funding is putting such relief activities at risk.

Ntagali told Christians to think about people who could not walk the way of the cross today because of lack of food and other basic necessities.
 
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This year's Public Way of the cross was themed "continuity through succession and obedience".

In a message delivered by Msgr. Charles Kasibante, the Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said the way of cross contains a special message beyond suffering of Jesus Christ to love. He said Christians should not boast about carrying the cross when their private lives contract Jesus' love.

"He endured pain and suffering to show you love. This love is what lies at the heart of the way of the cross not the suffering," he said.
 
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His eminence Jonah Lwanga, the archbishop of the Orthodox Church in Uganda who was the main celebrant said that many Christians have failed to be transfigured like Jesus Christ.

"We have walked in darkness, became thieves, corrupt, murderers, defilers and child sacrifice 'offerors'…lets walk in the spirit of God as his radiance and truly free ourselves," he said.

The way of cross service attracted thousands of Christians from the three religions including politicians like Democratic Party president Norbert Mao, former Uganda People's Congress party president Olara Otunnu and retired politician Dr Kawanga Ssemwogerere.
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.