Monday June 9 2014

Learn to fulfill promises, Arua bishop tells faithfuls



The Bishop of Arua Diocese, the Rt Rev Sabino Odoki, has told Christians to fulfill both short and long-term promises they make as Jesus did.

Bishop Odoki, who was the main celebrant at the Gulu Archdiocese, Nebbi-Katakwi, Arua and Lira 2014 annual Eucharistic celebrations at Our Lady and St Jude Parish Church Naguru, also advised Christians not to take promises they make lightly.

“Sometimes we take our promises very lightly but whether it is a promise of a phone call to a friend, it should be fulfilled. Some of the promises are long time fulfilments like marriage which we some time break.”

He said even priests who make vows fail to fulfill them but advised Christians to embrace prayer to help them withstand the challenges they face. “We sometimes fail because we want to depend on ourselves but on our own, we have tried a lot of things and have not gone far. I encourage each and every one to recall the promises they have made and fulfill them.”

He also called for unity among Christians, saying when the founding fathers of Uganda came up with the Motto ‘For God and My Country’, they envisaged a country working together with the guidance of God.

“But I’m sad to hear when people give speeches these days and they say the country is about ‘For God and my Pocket’, let us come back to our original motto, unite and work together.”
He said the celebrations should bring more unity among the members and foster peace through coexistence.

The most Rev John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, also challenged members to unite. “It is not enough for us to meet and pray once a year in Kampala, we should all work together, develop a cultural family among our people and learn from each other.”

Other prelates who graced the celebration were Bishop Giuseppe Franzelli (Bishop of Lira Diocese), the Rt Rev Linus Santos (The Bishop of Nebbi-Katakwi Catholic Diocese), Bishop Joseph Oyanga (Bishop Emeritus of Lira), Bishop Martin Luluga(Bishop Emeritus Nebbi-Katakwi Catholic Diocese) and the Rt Rev Frederick Drandua(Bishop Emeritus Arua diocese).

Mr Henry Muganwa Kajura, the minister of Public Service represented Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as the chief guest.

Other political leaders at the celebrations included UPC president Olara Ottunu and Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri Ezati among others.