Over 10, 000 pilgrims from all over the world are gathered at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine to pay homage to the 22 Catholics and the 23 Anglicans who were killed by Kabaka Mwaga in 1886.
He is Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries in Uganda.
He studied Philosophy and Theology at Ggaba National Major Seminary in Uganda. Guiseppe Filippi made his final profession in the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries on April 28, 1977 and was ordained a priest in 1978.
Following his ordination, the Bishop elect served as Provincial Vocations Director for the Comboni Missionaries in Uganda, and served in the diocese of Moroto.
He also served at the Diocesan Minor seminary in Nadiket (Moroto Diocese), secretary general of the first and second diocesan synods of Moroto Diocese.
He was also the Assistant to the Superior General of the Comboni Missionaries in Rome, and later the Novice Master for the Comboni Missionaries in Zambia.
The gospel has been read in akarimojong
At 10:05 am President Yoweri Museveni arrived to take part in the celebrations to mark the day
The scripture was read from the book of Romans 8:31 which says: What then shall we say of these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
The main celebrant Bishop Giuseppe Filippi starts celebrating mass
“If there is no corruption, Uganda would be the best country to live in. If we say no to injustice, our communities will live in peace and harmony,” Bishop Giuseppe Filippi said.
He hailed the Martyrs for their trust and faith in God when they refused to partake actions that could have separated them from God.
“Martyrs understood that salvation comes from the blood of Christ. We have come to Namugongo to learn how to live on the love of God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God,” the Bishop said.
Giuseppe implored the rich to share their wealth with the poor citing the Martyrs who were committed to sharing what they had learnt with others and opened their houses to the sick.
“Let us learn to live the love of God and as we leave this place, we ask God to commit ourselves to become God fearing Christians. May the love, peace and prosperity be upon all of us,” he prayed.
“I want to thank the Karimojongs for singing very well today. They have also attempted to be Christians,” Museveni.
The President welcomed pilgrims from Malawi, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Nigeria.
He said as Pan Africanist, Martyrs Day celebrations bring together Africans in the region. “I have no apologies for being a Pan Africanist. I have believed in that and nobody will make me change my mind. I feel happy when I see this unity of Africans taking shape in this part of the continent,” Museveni said.
The President challenged religious leaders to champion the fight against poverty by embracing programs geared towards improving household incomes.
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