• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL TODAY (2 AUGUST) FULFILLED THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF HIS VISIT TO UGANDA BY CONSECRATING A NEW SHRINE AT NAMUGONGO, ABOUT 10 MILES (16 KM) FROM THE CAPITAL KAMPALA, TO 22 AFRICAN ROMAN CATHOLICS MARTYRED FOR THEIR FAITH BETWEEN 1885 AND 1887.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL TODAY (2 AUGUST) FULFILLED THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF HIS VISIT TO UGANDA BY CONSECRATING A NEW SHRINE AT NAMUGONGO, ABOUT 10 MILES (16 KM) FROM THE CAPITAL KAMPALA, TO 22 AFRICAN ROMAN CATHOLICS MARTYRED FOR THEIR FAITH BETWEEN 1885 AND 1887. BUT FIRST, IN A SIGNIFICANT GESTURE TOWARDS CHRISTIAN UNITY, HE PRAYED WITH THE ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OF UGANDA AT A NEARBY SHRINE TO 25 PROTESTANTS KILLED AT THE SAME PERIOD.

    LOOKING TIRED AFTER HIS ATTEMPTS TO CONCILIATE BETWEEN NIGERIANS AND BIAFRANS, THE 71-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF WAS GIVEN A WARM WELCOME BY ANGLICAN AFRICANS AS HE WAS GREETED BY ARCHBISHOP ERICA SABITI. THE TWO LEADERS KNELT IN PRAYER IN FRONT OF A SMALL CIRCULAR SHRINE TO THE ANGLICAN MARTYRS. SMALL BLACK CLAY HEADS IN PILES OF FAGGOTS RECALLED THEIR DEATH BY FIRE ON THIS SPOT.

    THE POPE THEN DROVE THE SHORT DISTANCE TO THE MUCH LARGER CATHOLICS SHRINE, SET ON THE SIDE OF A BROAD GREEN VALLEY WHOSE SLOPES WERE CROWDED WITH SOME 30,000 AFRICAN CATHOLICS.

    ACCOMPANIED BY DRUMS, A CHOIR SANG "WELCOME TO THE HOLY FATHER, HALLELUJAH" A HE STEPPED ONTO THE BIG CONCRETE PLATFORM ON WHICH THE SHRINE IS TILL BEING BUILT. EVENTUALLY IT WILL BE A CIRCULAR CHURCH SUPPORTED BY 22 STEEL GIRDERS -- ONE FOR EACH MARTYR.

    THE POPE CONSECRATED A MAHOGANY ALTAR, THEN WALKED THROUGH THE CHEERING CROWD TO A LITTLE ISLAND ON A LAKE WHERE HE MADE HIS FINAL ADDRESS BEFORE LEAVING UGANDA. "AT THIS MOMENT", HE SAID, "IT IS ALL OF AFRICAN, THAT WE CONSIDER SYMBOLICALLY PARTICIPATING IN THIS SCARED CEREMONY, BECAUSE WE INTEND TO OFFER IT TO CHRIST FOR ALL OF AFRICA, FOR ITS PROSPERITY, FOR ITS PEACE, FOR ITS SALVATION".

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWQC62AU8LLZO17MNF34NAKCB
    Media URN:
    VLVADWQC62AU8LLZO17MNF34NAKCB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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