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Acholi Martyrs Exhumed

By Vision Reporter

Added 29th May 2002 03:00 AM

MBALE — A youth centre, the first of its kind in Uganda, has been opened at Malukhu in the municipality.

MBALE — A youth centre, the first of its kind in Uganda, has been opened at Malukhu in the municipality.

By Pelgrine Otonga in Kitgum THE 82-year-old remains of two Acholi martyrs, to be beatified on October 20, 2002, were last Thursday exhumed after two hours of an intensive search inside Kitgum mission church. In the presence of the vicar general of Gulu archdiocese, Matthew Odong and several priests, Christians waited impatiently as the church floor was dug up at various points without sight of the holy remains. As hopes waned among some of the Christians, Fr. Tarsiso Luyarmoi rang to Brother Agostino Stocco in Milano, Italy using a satellite phone. Brother Agostino is reported to have directed the diggers from his sick bed in Milano to the exact spot where he re-buried the remains in 1953 when he constructed the church. There was wild jubilation in the church when a cylindrical metallic container was removed and the relics exposed at 5:45p.m. A commission of doctors that included the medical superintendent of St. Joseph Hospital Kitgum, Dr. Teresa and that of Dr. Ambrosoli memorial Hospital Kalongo, Dr. Enrica, testified that the remains were human bones of persons below 25 years of age. Daudi Okello, 18 and Jildo Irwa, 15, were catechists killed for teaching the gospel in Paimol in the then east Acholi region on October 18, 1918. They were buried at Wipolo, the scene of the murder, but exhumed by Monsignor Vignato in 1926 and reburied. Ends

Acholi Martyrs Exhumed

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