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Martyrs Day budget suffers Shs 414 million shortfall

UTB presents a dummy cheque of Shs 96 million to Archbishop John Baptist Odama

UTB presents a dummy cheque of Shs 96 million to Archbishop John Baptist Odama

The Catholic Church still needs Shs 414 million to organize this year’ Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations. 

The Archbishop of Gulu diocese Dr John Baptist Odama says many of the pledges towards preparations have not been fulfilled - creating a shortfall in the initial Shs 900 million budget.  

Addressing the press at the Uganda Catholic Episcopal Conference in Nsambya, Odama said that the secretariat has received contributions from among others, MTN Uganda, which delivered Shs 20 million to Gulu foot pilgrims on Wednesday, and an additional Shs 15 million from dfcu bank which was presented to the archbishop in Gulu.    

According to Odama, the government had been asked to contribute three-quarters of the budget. However, the government contributed just about Shs 40 million. An additional Shs 96 million was contributed by the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) this morning.   

The archbishop says that the window for the fulfillment of the pledges remains open. He also used the occasion to announce the official beginning of the celebrations which will culminate with the celebrations on June 3, at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine in Namugongo.  

The archbishop also called upon Christians to intercede for the people of Apaa, an area whose ownership is disputed between Amuru and Adjumani districts in northern Uganda. Bradford Oceng, deputy executive director Uganda Tourism Board said Uganda is blessed to pay the ultimate price of faith despite its small size.

He says Uganda’s target is to position faith-based pilgrimage to foster sustainable development. Oceng says the objective is to encourage visiting pilgrims to keep coming for the homepage to the holy shrine.

He says popularizing the martyrs among the one billion Catholics in the world will propel the country's faith-based pilgrimage to a greater height throughout the year.

Comments

0 #1 Wooden K. 2019-05-23 16:55
Hello God ,

for the last 35 years , it has been repeatedly reported that there are "one billion Catholics in the World"

How is this possible ?

Even if the annual growth of one billion was down to 1% , in 35 years there would be over 1.35 billion Catholics .
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0 #2 kabayekka 2019-05-23 17:36
It might interest the congregation at Namugongo that what happened in the communities of African Ganda peoples at Namugongo some 120 years ago is happening these days at a grand scale in the Northern regions of Nigeria.

That surely is where the Pope and many Christian and Islamic leadership should be camped. Such a gesture would remind modern African peoples about the acquired freedom of worship on the continent of Africa that up to now continue to take many African lives.
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0 #3 Fuller 2019-05-23 18:46
Am I being naïve to ask:

What is Shs.900,000,000 needed for?

Microphones, petrol, limousines, lavish dishes.....?

I, for one, am lost. Jesus travelled and preached between miles walking on foot -- not needing a 900m/- budget, or any budget for that matter.

The Uganda Catholic Church should look deeper into what faith should be about. Sorry for talking about something I know nothing about.
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0 #4 Wazza boy 2019-05-23 19:16
This culture of begging for every event disgusts me.

I mean since February 1879 when the mill hill fathers set foot on this land, the Catholic church has steadily grown.

Do they have to come out and beg for small money for an institution that has existed for so many years? Some things can't be fathomed really??
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0 #5 WADADA roger 2019-05-23 21:19
Namugongo has been here long enough and has become a serious tourist attraction and should start charging pilgrims in order to get money, the shrine should not expect handouts from well wishers.

Human beings are born superstitious, they will pay money in order to fell holly even when there is nothing holly about Namugongo
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0 #6 kabayekka 2019-05-23 22:13
Fuller and Wazza, you seem to be making a point about money and Christianity.

It is a very long story. Interesting indeed to read about how the kind hearted Son of God and Man got hold of a whip and started beating his fellow worshippers left, right and centre in the synagogue some 2000 years ago.

He was screaming to them saying: "How dare you lot turning God's house of worship into a commercial marketplace."

No wonder later these traders had to do some good revenge against him, when they finally killed him. He was making them loose money badly for his demands for spiritual morals.
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0 #7 Fuller 2019-05-24 17:22
Quoting kabayekka:
Fuller and Wazza, you seem to be making a point about money and Christianity.

It is a very long story. Interesting indeed to read about how the kind hearted Son of God and Man got hold of a whip and started beating his fellow worshippers left, right and centre in the synagogue some 2000 years ago.

He was screaming to them saying: "How dare you lot turning God's house of worship into a commercial marketplace."

No wonder later these traders had to do some good revenge against him, when they finally killed him. He was making them loose money badly for his demands for spiritual morals.


Thanks for getting the point kabayekka!
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