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A Rare Opportunity In The World - Sacred Heart Ediofe Cathedral.

lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017

By Otonga Pelegrine

Thousands of people on Saturday congregated at Arua for the re-consecration and reopening of the Sacred Heart Ediofe Cathedral.

The occasion that attracted many bishops and the clergies from across the dioceses of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan was witnessed by among others, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala.

The host bishop, Sabino Ocan Odoki described the occasion as a rare opportunity in the world and in a life time, adding that, it is not everyday or every year that a cathedral is consecrated, in reference to the then cathedral that was first consecrated as Ediofe Parish Church in June 1928 by Monsignor Antonio Vignato who was the first Apostolic Prefect of the Church in whole of northern Uganda.

Bishop Odoki said the ceremony of consecrating the cathedral to God is of great significance to each and every believers, Bishops, Clergy, Religious and Lay faithful.

He called on the congregation as witnesses to the consecration to renew their personal self consecration to God.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu Archdiocese said the cathedral as it stands today, is a monument and symbol of hands joined together in peace to accomplish God's building.

He called on leaders from South Sudan to stop the senseless war that has forced over a million people into refugee camps in Uganda and other countries.

Archbishop Odama says enough is enough adding that the war is claiming the lives of innocent civilians who should have been settled and develop their country.

Arua Diocese hosts over 700 thousand refugees, with the largest camp in Yumbe, hosting more than 300,000 refugees. Other districts hosting the refugees are Arua, Moyo and Adjumani. Recently, the diocese created a vicariate specifically for the refugees.

Odama has also appealed to the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic to stop the wars that are claiming innocent lives and restore peace.

A number of DRC refugees are living in Koboko district and for years they have refused to go back, fearing persecution by the home government.