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Namugongo Catholic Shrine Prepares Three Venues for Mass on New Year

In order to accommodate the overwhelming numbers of Christians wishing to start the New Year with a holy mass, Namugongo Catholic Shrines had to set up three mass venues.
Christians attending mass at one of the three venues set up at Namugongo Martyr's Shrine

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Namugongo Catholic Shrines on Friday prepared three venues for mass to accommodate the large number of Christians for the New Year prayers. 

Some Christians celebrated mass inside the Basilica and at the pavilions where the Uganda Martyr’s Day and other important days in the Catholic Church are held.

The main service inside the Basilica was led by Rev Fr Ponsiano Mayega while one of the other masses was led by Parish Priest Vincent Lubega. At all the venues, Christians practised social distancing to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

At the entrance of the Martyrs Shrines, Counter-Terrorism policemen denied children and adults who did not wear masks without poorly worn masks to access the premises. All people were subjected to body temperature checks and their hands were sprayed with sanitizers.

Even after mass, Christians were urged not to converge but the emphasis was on keeping masks throughout the mass. All the priests urged Christians to keep the peace as the country waits to cast presidential and parliamentary votes in two weeks.

Fr Posiano Mayega asked Christians to be thankful to God who has enabled them to go through a tough year which was characterized by Covid19 pandemic. Mayega reminded Christians that they should have love and respect for one another.

“In whatever you do please ensure to keep the peace. Keep praying and asking God to provide peace for this country. Put all your worries and wishes of this year in prayer and you will not regret,” Fr Mayega said.

The message of peace was the same preached by Fr Victor Mubiru at St Peter’s Nsambya Catholic Church. Fr Mubiru called upon Christians to pray for Uganda in these remaining days towards polls. 

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Uganda will be going to the polls on January 14 to choose the President and Members of Parliament. The campaign period has been characterized by incidents of violence where security personnel have clashed with supporters of opposition presidential candidates.

In November last year, 54 people were killed during the sporadic protests that emanated from the arrest of National Unity Platform –NUP presidential candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.