By Wilfred Sanya
KAMPALA - The Archbishop of the Kampala diocese, Dr. Cyprian Lwanga, has called for stronger government action against child sacrifice.
He says many children have been killed in ritual sacrifices yet they are the pillars of the nation.
The clergyman said this at the marking of the day King Herod, according to the Gospel of Matthew, ordered the execution of all young male within Bethlehem.
The order by the Roman-appointed King of the Jews was so he could avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn Jesus Christ more than 2000 years ago.
Archbishop Lwanga joined scores of children to celebrate this day at Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala.
Scores of children attended the Mass at Rubaga Cathedral. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya
Archbishop Lwanga called fro government protection of children. PHOTO/Wilfred Sanya
He strongly condemned relatives who kill their own children in the hope of acquiring wealth.
“Just like Jesus loved children, we too should protect the lives of the children who die in the hands of wrong people,” he said.
“Some children die through abortions due to unwanted pregnancies.”
During the Saturday Mass, Lwanga said Jesus, the son of God, survived death during the historic mass killing of male babies.
The day is marked every year in Catholic churches around the world.
The problem of ritual murders is still a big problem in the Ugandan society, and children have fallen victim to such killings.
A Human Rights report released this year highlights cases of mothers who have been attacked and their foetus removed and mutilated.
The study documents firsthand accounts of 140 witnesses across the country, where in 77 of the incidents, body parts, blood, or tissue were removed for harmful practices.
Body parts like the tongue, male and female genitalia, blood, head, hair, heart, fingers, and hands were found missing, among others.
According to the report, people in some communities believe that traditional medicine containing human body parts is far stronger, hence the rise in ritual murders.
After the Mass, the children were treated to a meal, then entertainment (below). PHOTOs/Wilfred Sanya