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Ngobya, Amedeo Tombs Attract Multitudes on Martyrs Day

Goretti Namakula, one of the religious that paid pilgrimage to Kitovu said that although the diocese authorities had advised them to virtually follow celebrations from Namugongo via various media channels, her enthusiasm to venerate through the martyrs could not be satisfied from home, hence choosing to at least spend a day at the Cathedral.
..Some of the Catholics that paid pilgrimage to Monsignor Aloysius Ngobya's Tombs in Substitution on Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations

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Paying pilgrimage to the tombs of the late Monsignor Aloysius Ngobya and Reverend Sister Amedeo Byabali substituted this year’s Uganda Martyrs day celebrations for dozens of Catholic believers in Masaka Diocese.

Despite Masaka Diocese leading this year’s annual celebrations, a vast majority of the Christians did not get the opportunity to physically participate in the mass celebrated at the Uganda Martyrs Basilica in Namugongo, Kampala, due to COVID-19 restrictions.  As a result, dozens of the local parishioners paid homage to burial sites of Msgnr Ngobya and Sister Amedeo at Kitovu Cathedral, and the Daughters of Mary Convent in Bwanda, respectively.

The two departed priests were declared ‘Servants of God’ by the Catholic Church Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2011, and their burial grounds have since become permanent places of prayer where Christians go to seek redemption through the intercession to God. 

Some of the Christians we found praying at the burial sites of the two venerated priests, noted they chose to pay pilgrimage to these sites as a substitute to the missed opportunity of taking part in the annual trek of faith to Namugongo.

Goretti Namakula, one of the religious that paid pilgrimage to Kitovu said that although the diocese authorities had advised them to virtually follow celebrations from Namugongo via various media channels, her enthusiasm to venerate through the martyrs could not be satisfied from home, hence choosing to at least spend a day at the Cathedral.

Namakula was among the other faithful who were found praying at the closed entrances of Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral, Kitovu, waiting for an opportunity for it to be opened such that they can catch a glimpse of the remains of the two priests that are kept inside. She told us that paying homage to the tombs and the Cathedral could give her a semblance of being part of the celebrations at Namugongo, and performing sacred prayers of intercession through both the Uganda Martyrs and the local servants of God, which she could not perfectly do from home.

//Cue in; “kubanga nkimanyi nti…

Cue out...ebirungi by’ankoledde.”//   

Joseph Ssentongo, a senior three student who was also among the Christians that paid pilgrimage at Kitovu said his faith was satisfied by walking to the tombs of the servants of God and attending Mass in the cathedral. He says they found it worthwhile to show the significant adoration to the Uganda Martyrs by doing something exceptional that is within the COVID-19 restrictions.

//Cue in; “katonda ayamba… 

Cue out….abeera nabo.”//  

Patrick Mugerwa, another parishioner who walked from Kindu Parish in Masaka district indicated that he could not afford to stay home on the feast day of the Uganda Martyrs, thereby choosing to pay pilgrimage to venerated sites within his locality.  

He told us that he began his journey at 6 a.m. on Thursday, and walked 30 kilometres to pay homage to Msgr Ngobya and Sister Amedeo’s Tombs at Kitovu, where he performed his prayer of intercession through them and the Uganda Martyrs.