Friday August 8 2014

Fundraising for martyrs’ shrine starts

Fr Augustine Kato (R), the Namugongo Parish

Fr Augustine Kato (R), the Namugongo Parish Priest blesses Christians who contributed towards the platinum celebrations recently. PHOTO By STEPHEN WANDERA 



The Roman Catholic Church has kicked off a fundraising for the redevelopment of Uganda Martrys’ Shrine, Namugongo.

In a statement released yesterday, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, urged Catholics and well-wishers to contribute towards the initiative dubbed Olumuli lw’Abajulizi. “I request all people to contribute generously towards this noble cause,” he said.
He also reminded Ugandans that the initiative would climax the invitation of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who recently the Catholic Church invited to visit Uganda.

The Archbishop also promised Ugandans that the money would be properly accounted for through publication of progressive reports as well as publishing a financial quarterly report.
The funds to be channelled through Mobile Money and Centenary Bank on the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine Golden Jubilee Account, will facilitate a number of projects and renovations at the Catholic section of the shrine. In 1964 Pope Paul VI canonised the Catholic martyrs and the Church built a basilica near the site of their martyrdom.

Anglican and Catholic pilgrims from across the world gather at Namugongo every June 3, to honour and celebrate the life of the Uganda martyrs.
Early this year the Anglican Church also launched a project at its shrines to construct a museum and a guest house.

Key works the money will be funding

Repairs. Repair the shrine which is currently leaking.
Toilets. Construct multiple toilets for pilgrims.
Shades. Reconstruct shades around the lake.
Altar. Renovate the altar sanctuary.
Dormitories. Construct dormitories for pilgrims who walk long distances
Walkways. Improve the terrace and walkways.
Repairs. Provide safe water for the pilgrims.
Museum. Construct a Martyrs Museum and Grottos for each Martyr