Lira Catholic Diocese Sees Off 12 Bicycle Pilgrims to Namugongo
By Milton Emmy Akwam
LIRA: Bishop Joseph Franzeli of Lira Catholic Diocese flagged off the ‘last’ batch of pilgrims heading to Namugongo for Martyr’s Day Celebration slated for 3rd June this year.
The Man of God saw off the 12 bicycle pilgrims among them Fr. Opio Richard Humble on Monday morning at 7:58am.
Of the number, Ajwang Teddy, 39, was the only Woman and a 69-year-old man who were all riding for second times.
Okola Jimmy one of the pilgrims said reaching Namugongo would take them three days, a ride he says would be full of faith.
On the 18th May 2017, at least 418-foot pilgrims left for Namugongo where they will be joined by other twelve that left on Monday.
Speaking to Red Pepper shortly after seeing off the pilgrims, Bishop Franzeli said the event has become a tradition to the Catholic Faith.
He said the pilgrims from Lira Catholic Diocese are representing about 1million Catholic Christians in Lango Sub Region as they prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) due next year.
“A couple of years ago, pilgrims on bicycle were messengers of peaceful development; they planted trees at every area they stopped. Pilgrimage isn’t site seeing but praying for the souls of our Saints,” he said.