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Cardinal pays tribute to missionaries who brought faith to Uganda

Catholic World News - December 14, 2012

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has traveled to northwestern Uganda to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of missionary work in what is now the Diocese of Arua.

41% of the area’s population is now Catholic; in 2006, 88 priests, 69 brothers, and 129 sisters were serving in the diocese, which has 29 parishes.

“In this centenary of the evangelization of this blessed land, where missionary saints, religious men and women, have literally spent their lives in giving birth to this Church … we cannot let this special centenary pass us by without pausing for reflection, prayer, and thanksgiving to God and with a sense of gratitude to all those who brought the Gospel to this place,” Cardinal Fernando Filoni preached in a homily, in which recalled missionary work in Arua and three other dioceses that together form the ecclesiastical province of Gulu.

“We are the heirs of that great work of evangelization, which is now in our hands,” he continued. “We who love the baptism we have received possess a sacred duty to continue their work, each according to the call and the grace entrusted to us by God, whether as bishops, priests, consecrated persons, or lay faithful.”

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