Christians from various faiths have today kicked off the St Janani Luwum Pilgrimage 2020 that will see them walk 510 Kms from Kampala to Muchwini in Kitgum district.
The pilgrimage is in remembrance of Archbishop Luwum who was murdered on February 16, 1977 at Nakasero by president Idi Amin.
Luwum was head of the Anglican ecclesiastical province, then composed of four countries (Burundi, Eastern Congo, Rwanda and Uganda).
Among those who joined in the trek was His Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali; the Chief Justice Bart M. Katureebe, Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga; and the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
The Pilgrimage is an initiative of the Church of Uganda but Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostals, Born-Again and other faiths are participating in the historic journey of faith.
“The purpose of the pilgrimage is to retrace the spiritual and historical meaning and milestones of Archbishop Janani’s searing martyrdom,’’ said His Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
The pilgrimage kicked in the morning from the Palace of the Archbishop at Namirembe which also served as the first Station of the Cross.
It aims at tracing the final journey of Luwum step-by-step, exactly as it occurred in February 1977. It begins at Namirembe and ends at the martyr’s gravesite at Wii Gweng in Mucwini, Kitgum district.
The Pilgrimage route passes through Luweero, Kigumba, Karuma, Kamdini, Gulu, Kitgum and then makes a loop at Madi Opei.
Pilgrims will cover an average of 37 kilometers a day. There will be 15 days of actual walking. The full Pilgrimage will last 17 days because of 2 days of rest in-between (Sunday 2 February & Sunday 9 February). They expect to arrive at Wii Gweng, Mucwini, on 14 February, where the annual commemoration of St Janani Luwum Day takes place at Wii Gweng on 16 February.