Business came to a standstill for several hours in Lira town as Christians from three denominations of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox marched through the streets separately as they commemorate the Way of the Cross ahead of the Easter celebrations
Lira Diocese (Catholic) Bishop Joseph Franzelli has appealed for tolerance following elections that has left sections of Uganda disgruntled.
He prayed that the good Lord inspire the leaders of this country to care for everybody without any discrimination of any religion, political alliance or tribe.
Franzelli made the appeal during prayer on Good Friday at Ordination Ground following March through the streets of Lira in commemoration of
the Way of the Cross.
Business came to a standstill for several hours in Lira town as Christians from three denominations of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox marched through the streets separately as they commemorate the Way of the Cross ahead of the Easter celebrations.
The Protestants were led by Rev. William Ongeng on behalf of Bishop of Lango Diocese John Charles Odurkami, Orthodox by Fr. Emmanuel Oruk and Catholics by Bishop Joseph Franzelli.
The groups merged at Mayor's garden and marched together to the Catholic Ordination grounds for joint prayer under the theme 'Striving for greatness through servanhood : the Cross, the greatest demonstration of servanthood'.
Bishop Franzelli, the host this year, has been sickly. He flagged off his team and retired to his residence as they marched in town and only received them at the Mayors garden and marched together with them to the Ordination ground, a distance of about 300 metres.
In his remarks, Franzelli said Way of the Cross is manifestation of our faith and gratitude to God who sent His son to save our soul.
Franzelli prayed for the gift of mercy, love and care to be given to all the people and the leaders of this country after the election which has left people divided, some happy and some unhappy.
“Let the good Lord inspire the leaders of this country to care for everybody without any discrimination of any religion, political alliance or tribe.” He said. “We all need to wash one another’s feet, to care for one another, to live as one family, a family of Gods children here in Uganda.”
Fr. Oruk said people always want to be greater than the one who created them. God, he said knew the weakness we have in the world and forgave us.
With reference to Mathew 23:11- (The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.) Fr. Oruk said people should humble themselves so that they become leaders in the end. He stressed the need for the love of God and realization that He carried the Cross on our behalf. "I hope carrying the cross this year 2016, will change our lives," he said.
In Apac, the Bishop of West Lango Diocese Alfred Acur Okodi urged Christians to avoid selfishness and develop a heart of sharing with the less privileged.
In his Easter Message, Alfred Acur called for peace, love and repentance among Christians and strengthening of marriage Institutions amidst the Marriage and Divorce Bill, which he said must be revised
Acur condemned the evils in society like corruption, land grabbing. Child sacrifice and witchcraft, which he said must be fought.