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KAMPALA (LifeSiteNews) —The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions means that an annual African pilgrimage in honor of the Ugandan Martyrs may go ahead.

Every June 3, Christians in Africa commemorate the 23 Anglican and 22 Roman Catholic martyrs who were executed between 1885 and 1887 in Uganda.  The Christians, known as the Ugandan Martyrs, were burned alive on the orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (king) of Buganda in central Uganda, for refusing to comply with his wishes to reject Jesus Christ and Christian doctrine concerning sexuality.

The Catholic martyrs were beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized on October 18, 1964, by Pope Paul VI.

Every year, a large number of pilgrims begins their journey long before the actual date of commemorations, some traveling over long distances barefoot from neighboring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi.

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Bishop Robert McElroy (right) is to be made a cardinal in August, despite his inaction on allegations against notorious ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

We all have a responsibility to speak up when serious wrongs are being brought to our attention, but McElroy didn't.

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The Bishop of San Diego was told about serious sexual wrongdoing by McCarrick in 2016 when psychotherapist Richard Sipe, who had interviewed numerous victims of McCarrick, sent him a detailed letter, but McElroy sat on that information and is now being made a cardinal.

Appointing him to the College of Cardinals is not only an insult to those who suffered clerical sex-abuse, but also to those who are intent on ridding the Church of such evil.

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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.

"I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick," the psychotherapist told McElroy in the 2016 letter, adding: "None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation."

McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.

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This year the Diocese of Fort Portal in southwestern Uganda is responsible for leading the celebrations.

“On 14th February 2022, we received the great news from the Uganda Episcopal Conference of the choice of Fort Portal Catholic Diocese to lead this year’s Uganda Martyrs’ Day celebrations at Namugongo Catholic Shrine,” said Bishop Robert Mukhiirwa Akiiki of Fort Portal in his letter to the faithful.

Image of St. Karoli (“Charles”) Lwanga, the leader of Uganda martyrs

This year a group of over 500 pilgrims from the Lira Diocese in northern Uganda are making the pilgrimage by walking 342 kilometers. They anticipate reaching the holy site within two weeks of their start date.

The pilgrims of several parishes habitually form one large group led by their coordinator, who is generally elected by the bishop. They often walk at night and rest throughout the day.  They usually encounter several difficulties along the route, which could lead to serious injuries if adequate treatment were not available.

“We have the difficulty of running out of food, drink, reflectors  jackets, and even drugs due to injuries sustained on their journey,” said Alfred Okello, the coordinator of the Lira Diocese pilgrims.

Some individuals see this type of pilgrimage as the sole option to petition God for help with their necessities, such as finding work, paying school fees, or treating ailments in their families.

The choice of the official hymn for this year’s celebration was inspired by the theme “Baptized and sent to witness Christ with love and hope.”

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