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Gulu Foot Pilgrims Set Off for Namugongo

Ahead of the pilgrims is a giant wooden cross flanked by flag bearing portraits of Naumgongo Martyrs Shrine, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Sacred Heart University mounted onto a double cabin pick up registration number UAR 206 G branded with Logos of CARITAS. Also in the lead is another pick up vehicle registration number UAN 962T onto which a public address system has been mounted.
15 May 2019 12:19
Gulu Foot Pilgrims Trekking to Namugongo Catholic Martyrs Shrine

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Dozens of Catholic faithful from Gulu archdiocese have begun 332-Kilometer-long journey of faith to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine for this year’s Martyrs’ day celebration.

The foot pilgrims drawn from various parishes celebrated mass in which they received final blessings in front of St. Joseph’s Cathedral at the seat of Gulu Archdiocese in Gulu Town from Archbishop John Baptist Odama.     

The pilgrims are being accompanied by health workers and an ambulance registration number UAQ 838 E from St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor.    

Ahead of the pilgrims is a giant wooden cross flanked by flag-bearing portraits of Naumgongo Martyrs Shrine, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Sacred Heart University mounted onto a double cabin pick up registration number UAR 206 G branded with Logos of CARITAS.   Also in the lead is another pickup vehicle registration number UAN 962T onto which a public address system has been mounted.    

 It is from this address system that prayers are recited for the pilgrims at intervals with pre-recorded inspiration hymns, praises and worship songs.   Their first stop is in Kiryandongo district where they will rest for the night and continue on Thursday morning.    

Monsignor Mathew Odong, the Vicar General of Gulu Archdiocese likened the journey of faith to the traditional hunting expedition. He says the pilgrims have catering services accompanying them.  

Monsignor Odong advised the pilgrims to stick to their groups for ease of management being vigilant of their personal security and safety on the road. He urged the pilgrims to pray for miracles over their household burdens.    

//Cue in: “Lok me security….

Cue out: “….Odwog bene member”//  

Dr John Baptist Odama, the archbishop of Gulu blessed the pilgrims during the mass before he flagged them off. He drew shouts of praise, ululations and cheers from the pilgrims as he handed two flags – the Uganda National Flag and another belonging to the Universal Catholic faith to leaders of the pilgrims amidst piercing sounds of horns and trumpets.  

 //Cue in: “With these two….

Cue out: “…. God bless you”//  

The Archbishop then flagged the pilgrims saying the choices they made to take the tedious journey to Namugongo is a demonstration that their faith in God is alive. The Archdiocese is animating the martyrs’ day celebration this year.   

Last year, an estimated 3.5 Million Christians took the pilgrimage to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine from around the world.    

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