Church Leaders: Many Christian Ignorant About Real Meaning of Lent

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Rt. Reverend Henry Katumba Tamale, the Bishop of West Buganda Diocese, says many Christians dont understand the real meaning of lent.

Church leaders have asked Christians to use the lent season to repent and mend their ways with God. On Wednesday, Christians started observing Lent, which commemorates the 40 days of suffering Jesus spent in the Wilderness praying to God where he faced several temptations. 

Lent is observed among Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, and Lutherans among others. Unlike Muslims who go for outright fasting meaning no food, no water and any sexual contact for the entire day, the Christian fasting is more spiritual.
However, Rt. Reverend Henry Katumba Tamale, the Bishop of West Buganda Diocese, says many Christians don't understand the real meaning of lent. He says many use the lent season to go on without food, breakfast or their favorite foods without understand the purpose of lent.
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Bishop Katumba adds that lent is supposed to serve as a reminder for Christians to reconcile with their enemies, renew their personal relationship with God and do Charity work.

According to Katumba, most Christians only observe fasting but careless about prayers, which undermine their efforts.

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John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka Diocese says the country needs to use Lent season to reconcile.  He notes that relationships among Christians have broken down, adding that the entire country is bleeding with anger which has escalated enmity among communities.

Cissy Kayiira, a catholic faithful in Masaka says she wants to use the lent season to forgive her enemies and start all over again. She feels holding onto grudges for so long is denying her prosperity.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.