The Pilgrimage started on Wednesday at Namirembe Cathedral and will end on February 14, 2019, in Mucwini Kitgum ahead of Janani Luwum Day, which is commemorated every year on February 16th, since 2015.
Hundreds of Christians have taken part in the first-ever Archbishop Janani Luwum Foot Pilgrimage.
The Pilgrimage started on Wednesday at Namirembe Cathedral and will
end on February 14, 2019, in Mucwini Kitgum ahead of Janani Luwum Day, which is
commemorated every year on February 16th, since 2015.
The pilgrimage is aimed at evoking spiritual and historical
milestones of the late bishop, remembrance and thanksgiving for the
extraordinary life of Archbishop Luwum. He said it is also an opportunity for
renewal and deepening of faith of Christians in Uganda.
As early as 6:00 am, pilgrims braved the morning rains to make
their way to the Bishop’s Palace, the former residence of the bishops.
At 8:00 am, the pilgrims were flagged off by the Leader of Opposition,
Betty Aol who carrying a cross retraced Archbishop Luwum’s steps.
Pilgrims then walked to Serena Hotel, the former Nile Mansion
where Luwum is reported to have been killed together with Erinayo Wilson Oryema
the Minister of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning and Arphaxad Charles Kole
Oboth Ofumbi who was the minister of Interior.
At Serena, the pilgrims where welcomed by the police brass band and received by
the main celebrant Rev Can Geoffrey Byarugaba, the vicar of Bugolobi Church of
Rev Can Byarugaba said that Luwum’s death was a wakeup call for
the entire country that something was not right. He says even when he had died,
Luwum continued his working of casting light on the many illegalities that were
taking place in the country at the time.
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Phoebe Luwum, one of Luwum’s children says that the pilgrimage is an opportunity
for her to walk the same road that led to her father to his death.
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She adds that the country needs role models like her father who
lived by what they preached and did not cower even when it meant that he would
die as a result of what he stood for.
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Aol says that the pilgrimage should be a wakeup call for political leaders to
adhere to the rules of the country.
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The pilgrims are expected to cover a distance of 510 km and last
for 17 days.
Each pilgrim paid 75,000 shillings and 30,000 shillings for the
full or half walk package respectively.