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Arua Diocese Surrenders Parish to Police as Catholics Evict Priests on Corruption Accusations

The diocese of Arua was forced to evacuate the three priests to Ediofe Cathedral parish for their safety and handed their residence and the parish buildings to the police for protection. Monsignor Kasto guided that the Christians of Oluko Parish should seek for all pastoral care in the nearby chapels and zonal centers.
Monsignor Kasto Adeti the Vicar General Arua diocese announced the Temporary suspension of Pastoral care activities at Oluko Catholic Parish.

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The administration of Arua Catholic Diocese has temporarily suspended all Pastoral activities in Oluko Catholic Parish after angry youth evicted three Priests over the weekend. 

The Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Kennedy Onziga with his two colleagues Fr. Alphonse and Fr. Francis, all of Apostles of Jesus Congregation, were rowdily sent away from their residence by over a thousand people on allegations of mismanaging church resources.

The diocese of Arua was forced to evacuate the three priests to Ediofe Cathedral parish for their safety and handed their residence and the parish buildings to the police for protection.

Monsignor Kasto Adeti the Vicar General of Arua diocese told URN today that all Pastoral activities including Holy Mass, administration of Sacraments and Lenten commemoration with Ways of the Cross have temporarily been suspended at Oluko Parish pending further decision.

Monsignor Kasto added that all the Christians of Oluko Parish should seek for all pastoral care in the near-by chapels and Zone centers.   

// Cue in; These programmes they are.…// Cue out; cause of the problem.…. //But the abrupt closure of the parish following the chaotic eviction of the three priests has caused immense psychological suffering among some of the Christians in the Parish.

Some of the women who have spent most of their time seeking spiritual nourishment at the Parish sank into tears and wept as they called for help in local Lugbara dialect upon receiving the news of suspension of all pastoral care activities in the Parish.

  “I have no relative that’s why I’m always at this church to seek consolation, those who did this act, I pray let Jesus open their hearts to seek forgiveness so that the church is opened for us. All my relatives have died and I have always sought for peace in the church, I’m sickly and this is where I have often got comfort in the Lord, where will I go next, it has touched my heart/ The Satan has destroyed this church; they have taken away Jesus for us from the Church, we are suffering and do not know what to do, please we ask for forgiveness, many of us do not have relatives and we seek comfort from the church here,  

// Cue in; I cry because of.…// Cue out; here in the church...... //   

Some unconfirmed reports indicate that the three Priests will not be sent back to Oluko and the Diocese of Arua is considering taking over the management of Oluko Parish which has reportedly lagged behind the Catholic Church standards with most structures dilapidated as no renovation activities have been undertaken on them for the last 20 years. 

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