Abp. Luwum, 40 Years On

Adapted from a Church of Uganda statement

On Feb. 16, the Most Rev. Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga, Zaire, was murdered and martyred by Idi Amin, president of Uganda. This year, we are commemorating the 40th anniversary of his martyrdom at Mucwini, Kitgum District, where Luwum’s body was hurriedly buried by Amin’s soldiers.

The Church of Uganda appreciates Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president, and the government of the Republic of Uganda, for declaring Feb. 16 as a public holiday to enable Ugandans and the whole world to make a pilgrimage to Mucwini. We also appreciate the pledge made by the president to improve the infrastructure at the burial site of Janani Luwum. This is going to bring about the spiritual, socioeconomic growth, and transformation in the Acholi subregion.

A walking pilgrimage to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, is scheduled for Feb. 5.

For the main celebration on Feb. 16, the Guest Preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The guest intercessor will be the Most Rev. John Baptist Odama, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu. We will present a design master plan for the site at Mucwini.

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