Kampala (Agenzia Fides) - "As Christians, let us promote peace. Remember Jesus’ first word to his disciples after the resurrection was Shalom, which means peace", said His Exc. Mgr. Ssemogerere, Bishop of Kasana-Luweero, at the national day of prayer celebrated at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo, last Sunday, February 23. At the moment of ecumenical prayer, Church leaders belonging to the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), a Christian ecumenical organization in Uganda used the opportunity to remind thousands of Christians from across different denominations to pray for peace in the Country that is headed for general elections next year.
"Whatever we do or say must reflect Godliness and peace. The book of Genesis tells us we were made in God’s image", added Mgr. Ssemogerere, who spoke on behalf of the Archbishop of Kampala, His Exc. Mgr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Mgr. Ssemogerere called for inclusion of youth in leadership, saying: "Seventy percent of Uganda's population is made of youths. This group has to be included in the future plans of this country for sustainable peace".
Referencing political aspirants for the 2021 Ugandan general elections, the Bishop said: "As we pray for peace in Uganda and elsewhere, we have to pray for all our leaders that they should advocate and promote all possible channels of peace. Let us also pray for those aspiring for national leadership positions to do the same".
Archimandrite Constantine Mbonabingi of the Orthodox Church in Uganda who doubles up as UJCC Executive Secretary stressed that "Uganda needs peaceful soldiers and police officers; it is unfortunate that the gun is now used against civilians. We need peace within ourselves to fight all the forms of injustices in our society".
Organized by UJCC, this year’s national prayer was attended by Christians from different denominations in Uganda including Catholics, Anglicans, members of the Orthodox church, among other denominations.
National prayer is held annually and the Anglican church will organize the prayer in 2021. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 26/2/2020)