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When Catholics make a big fuss about Catholic martyrs and remain silent about the millions of protestant martyrs that were killed by the catholic church: Bishop Kakooza rallies Catholics for Martyrs’ day




…..the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father (Jn. 14:6), the only Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5), and the One who intercedes for His people (Heb. 7:25), no dead Christian in heaven answers our prayers, or intercedes for us, and it is great sin to pray to them!  Prayer to the dead is nothing less than necromancy, which is strongly condemned in the Bible for the heathenish and occult practice it is (Deut. 18:10-12).  No dead person, even if he had been a true Christian on earth, is able to even hear, much less answer, the prayers of those on earth.  If he could do this he would have power equal to that of God Himself, and would be a god!  This is all blasphemy. 
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Bishop Kakooza rallies Catholics for Martyrs’ day 
Publish Date: May 25, 2014
Bishop Kakooza rallies Catholics for Martyrs’ day

The Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala Archdiocese Christopher Kakooza tells Ugandans to emulate the love for Christ exhibited by the martyrs. PHOTO/Nicholas Kajoba
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By David Lumu

KAMPALA - The Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala Archdiocese Christopher Kakooza has urged Ugandans to emulate the Uganda Martyrs’ passion for Christ.


He said Uganda is “so lucky” to have martyrs but that the citizens “don’t seem to understand the importance of these martyrs.”


He made these remarks while presiding over prayers held to mark the 30th anniversary of Saint Matia Mulumba Catholic Parish at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School grounds on Sunday.


“This is a season of the Uganda Martyrs. Pilgrims have started walking to Namugongo in preparation for the June 3 event.  However, some people here don’t know that we are lucky to have what makes people walk miles and miles,” he said.


“For us we are lucky that we have the Uganda Martyrs here but we need to know why people from outside Uganda walk miles and miles. Ugandans should embrace this spirit,” he added.


In his sermon, Kakooza also emphasized the great love for Christ that the Martyrs had, especially Matia Mulumba, who died at Old Kampala.


Ethics minister Fr. Rev Simon Lokodo (L) also attended the function. PHOTO/Nicholas Kajoba


Parish Priest Fr. Denis Ssebuggwawo (L) and Kampala Auxillary Bishop, Christopher Kakooza  hand over marriage certificates to couples  at the event. PHOTO/Nicholas Kajoba
Saint Matia Mulumba church was built at the site where Mulumba was killed in 1886.


Fr. Dennis Sebugwawo, the parish priest said that the occasion was also used by followers to celebrate 50 years since the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs and prepare for the main event on June 3.


Bishop Kakooza led the fundraising drive for the church, which was established by White Fathers.


Sh1.7b is needed for the construction of a complex to house a nursery school, recreational halls and youth centers.


At the function, Fr. Rev Simon Lokodo, the minister for ethics, pledged government support for the complex.


The minister went on to urge Ugandans to go to make pilgrimage to Namugongo and celebrate Martyrs’ day.





Pilgrims from western Uganda walk to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine
Pilgrims from western Uganda walk to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine on Friday ahead of the June 3 celebrations. Hundreds of pilgrims have already reached Namugongo. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa 
By Didas Kisembo

Pilgrims begin camping at Namugongo




Posted  Tuesday, May 27   2014 at  01:00
In Summary

There were also other pilgrims from other regions of the country, including north, west and the eastern part of Uganda. 


Kampala- Suitcases, polythene bags filled with clothes, mats and rolled up mattresses are some of the items that as of yesterday, were starting to pile up at the pavements of Uganda Martyrs Church in Namugongo.
Pilgrims have started to arrive from across the country a week to the June 3 celebrations.
“More than 50 pilgrims arrived on the weekend and yesterday. They are camping on the shrine grounds. We expect thousands more to arrive during the course of the week,” said Mr Francis Muwonge, the administration secretary at the shrine.
There were also other pilgrims from other regions of the country, including north, west and the eastern part of Uganda.

 
“I came early so that I can pray for this country and my friends before it gets crowded here,” said Maria Gorreti, a 30-year-old parishioner from Kyengera, who walked all the way to the shrine on Sunday.
However, the hush weather conditions that are characterised by rains and hard temperatures are already impacting on the pilgrims, who are currently camped in open spaces.
“We sleep on church pavements, the nights are cold but we hope church authorities will allow us to sleep inside the church,” said Maria Gorreti.
However, Mr Muwonge said there would be no such arrangement, adding there was no way they would house the pilgrims inside the church.
“That is out of the question. We can’t allow people to sleep inside the church,” he said.
“If they [pilgrims] want, they can sleep on pavements that have shades; we have also put a tent outside that they can use. A number of shades, including the pavilion at the Martyrs Lake are available for use,” he added.
Preparations are also underway at the Uganda Martyrs Anglican Church shrine, which is about 500 metres from the catholic.

Construction works of the new Martyrs Museum are being undertaken on site and several other activities are planned throughout the week.

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