Hundreds of thousands this morning filled the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, rx http://contemporarydancevideos.com/wp-admin/includes/export.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 mass was graced by President Yoweri Museveni, http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/functions.compat.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.
Tight security was maintained by both Uganda Police and the national army’s elite unit overseen by Special Forces Commander Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
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.”
“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.
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.
President Yoweri Museveni has praised a group of over 500 vigilantes who crossed over from former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s Go Forward Pro change pressure group to the ruling the NRM party in Soroti and Serere districts.
Museven said it was good the group had seen the light after being blindfolded before being led to the former NRM party Secretary General’s camp.
“I welcome back to their mother party the children that my younger brother Mbabazi had stolen and taken to the other side, illness http://central-alarm.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php ” Museveni said on Sunday while receiving the group at Kadungulu Primary School, Kasiro County in Serere district.
The group led by a primary teacher Daniel Eyechu told journalists that they had been hoodwinked to join the Go Forward pressure group with an aim of capturing power in 2016 but said they realized the people behind the initiative were serving their own selfish interests.
“I was deceived that President Museveni was behind my little pay as a teacher and the need to oust him. I have however realized the people behind this move had selfish interests including revenge and using us to capture power,” Eyechu told journalists on Sunday.
Chimpreports understands that the former Go Forward secretariat team led by Ronald Tumwine Ssekitooleko that recently crossed over to the NRM was behind the move to woe the youths in Teso back to the ruling party.
Others present at Kadungulu Primary school was the former Teso region Go Forward team leader Charles Ojok who told the president that they had started on their mission to dismantle the Mbabazi structures they had created before crossing back to the NRM.
While announcing their loyalty to President Museveni last week, the group boasted of having been the architects of the Go Forward structures all over the country adding that they were to dismantle them.
“We built the structures and now we are to dismantle them. We have now closed the Go Forward secretariat at Nakasero which caused panic in the camp forcing Mbabazi to go abroad due to the pressure. As time goes on, you will find many of us breaking the structures we built all over the country,” Tumwine told journalists.
The group said they would now start a campaign to canvass for votes for President Museveni in the forthcoming 2016 general elections.
The biggest news in South Sudan on Friday was the return of Rebecca Nyandeng Garang and SPLM G-10 members from exile.
Rebecca Garang who is the widow of the South Sudan founding father, page http://charadas.org/wp-includes/class-wp-http-response.php John Garang broke down in tears after being welcomed at the Juba International Airport by relatives and politicians.
She has been in exile in the neighboring Kenyan capital Nairobi for close to two years since the beginning of the bloody internal conflict that broke out in December 2013.
She was immediately put under house arrest at her home in Juba allegedly under direct orders from President Salva Kiir with whom she had disagreed over a reforms debate in the ruling SPLM. She later left Juba to Kenya.
On Friday Rebecca joined the Pagan Amum`s group known as the SPLM Group 10 who have been given 10 percent power share by the peace accord in August.
After getting out of the plane, troche Mrs Garang was jovial and waving to people at the airport. She however suddenly changed her face some minutes and faced the ground.
She then started crying before deciding to leading the group to her husband`s dedicatory space at the John Garang`s National Museum.
Mrs. Garang returned without her son Mabior de Mabior Garang who is now the publicity for the rebel movement, SPLA- In Opposition under former vice president Dr. Riek Machar.