Gulu Archdiocese to commemorate Pope Paul II’s visit


Gulu Archdiocese will on April 27 commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the late St Pope John Paul II’s visit to Gulu District.
On February 6, 1993, Pope John Paul II visited Uganda and proceeded to Gulu where he held a mass at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu Town.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama announced last week that the annual event marked by Catholics will be rescheduled to April 27 of every year instead of the previous February 6.
The cleric, however, did not give the reason why the church has changed the date of the celebration.

While addressing journalists in Gulu Town last week, Archbishop Odama also proposed that Gulu District authorities change the name of Kaunda Grounds to Pope John Paul II Grounds and a monument be erected in memory of the late pontiff.

“It would be a noble honour if Gulu Municipal Council authorities offer a piece of land where a statue of the late Pope John Paul II, who has been canonised as a saint, is erected on the very ground that he stepped on and held prayers with Christians from the region,” he said.

During his visit to northern Uganda, the late St Pope Paul II brought messages of hope and encouragement to a people who had been troubled by the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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