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Mbarara province to lead 2022 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations – Catholic Church announces

Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana diocese, Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa (PHOTO /UG Standard)

KAMPALA —The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), an Umbrella association of catholic bishops in Uganda, Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa has announced that the Mbarara Ecclesiastical Province will select the lead diocese for next year’s Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations with or without COVID-19.

“I take this time to announce that as the Episcopal Conference, we agreed that the Mbarara Ecclesiastical Province will lead 2022 Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations, with or without COVID-19,” Zziwa, also Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana diocese said in Nsambya Kampala.

The province will select the diocese to lead the celebrations, most likely Kasese Diocese, according to sources in the Archdiocese of Mbarara.

But for two consecutive years now, Christians have celebrated the day virtually and scientifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak that made congregating impossible.

This year, only 200 persons were able to celebrate Martyrs Day at the Namugongo Shrine, following Covid-19 containment protocols.

Uganda Marty’s Day is annually celebrated on June 3 in Namugongo-Kampala.

Large numbers of people from all walks of life both within and outside Uganda make their way to Namugongo Shrine to celebrate and commemorate the 45 Catholic and Anglican Uganda Martyrs that were persecuted, butchered, and burnt alive on orders of Kabaka Mwanga between 1885 and 1887.

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