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Catholic Church commemorates first Muslim-Christian encounter

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 22nd February 2020 08:49 PM

Upon their arrival to Uganda (at Kigungu Landing Site, Entebbe Municipality) on February 17, 1879, the pioneer Catholic Missionaries, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Delmas Amans, as they made their way to the palace of King Muteesa I of Buganda in Rubaga, met a Muslim official of the king, Amir Ssekikubo

Catholic Church commemorates first Muslim-Christian encounter

Catholic priests with some of the descendants of Amir Ssekikubo after the function. Photos by Mathias Mazinga

Upon their arrival to Uganda (at Kigungu Landing Site, Entebbe Municipality) on February 17, 1879, the pioneer Catholic Missionaries, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Delmas Amans, as they made their way to the palace of King Muteesa I of Buganda in Rubaga, met a Muslim official of the king, Amir Ssekikubo

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KAMPALA"Christians and Muslims are all God's children. They also share a common ancestry because they both descended from Abraham. They should thus not hate each other but live in peace, love, and harmony. This is what God wants."

These remarks were made by Rev. Msgr. John Wynand Katende, the head of Foyer de Charite Namugongo Spiritual Retreat Centre. The prelate was delivering his homily during the pilgrimage mass for the commemoration of the historic Muslim-Christian encounter in Uganda at Kijjukizo kya Mapeera Catholic Sub-parish, Kitebi, in Rubaga Division, on February 21.

 ev sgr ohn aynand atende delivering his homily during the commemoration of the 141st anniversary of the first uslimhristian encounter in ganda at ijjukizo kya apeera atholic subparish itebi ubaga ivision on riday ebruary 21 Rev. Msgr. John Waynand Katende delivering his homily during the commemoration of the 141st anniversary of the first Muslim-Christian encounter in Uganda at Kijjukizo kya Mapeera Catholic sub-parish, Kitebi (Rubaga Division) on Friday, February 21

 
Upon their arrival to Uganda (at Kigungu Landing Site, Entebbe Municipality) on February 17, 1879, the pioneer Catholic Missionaries, Fr. Simeon Lourdel Mapeera and Bro. Delmas Amans, as they made their way to the palace of King Muteesa I of Buganda in Rubaga, met a Muslim official of the king, Amir Ssekikubo, who accommodated them at his home in Kitebi, and later helped them to meet the king. The historic encounter, which is now commemorated annually, happened on February 21, 1879.

The function on Friday was also graced by the grand-children of Amir Ssekikubo, led by Nusura Namutebi. The White Fathers were represented by Fr. Richard Nnyombi, the parish-priest of Mapeera-Nabulagala Catholic parish.

 heikh amil tambi holding a microphone leading other uslim faithful in the huwa prayers Sheikh Jamil Ntambi (holding a microphone) leading other Muslim faithful in the Dhuwa prayers

 
The function had one aspect of extra-ordinary interest. Christians and Muslims prayed together at the Church, which is located near the home of Ssekikubo. The Muslims, led by Sheikh Jamil Ntambi, also recited Dhuwa prayers at the Church, at the conclusion of the Catholic mass.

Prior to the Dhuwa prayers, Sheikh Ntambi gave a brief homily. Like the Catholic Prelate, the Muslim cleric also called upon Christians to work in partnership with Muslims, especially in the areas of education, health, and development, in order to advance the country's socio-economic transformation.

 atholic priests during the ucharistic celebration Catholic priests during the Eucharistic celebration

 

 mir sekikubos granddaughter usura amutebi holding a microphone showing the wooden arms chair that r ourdel apeera used to sit on when he was staying at her grandfathers home Amir Ssekikubo's grand-daughter, Nusura Namutebi (holding a microphone) showing the wooden arms chair that Fr. Lourdel Mapeera used to sit on when he was staying at her grandfather's home

 

  section of hristians during mass A section of Christians during the Mass

 tudents from aptist igh chool itebi leading the singing during the ass Students from Baptist High School Kitebi leading the singing during the Mass

 

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