Uganda, December 20-22

The Prelate of Opus Dei arrived in Uganda on Friday the 20th. The following day, he held a meeting with a group of university students and young professionals at the Tusimba study center. He began by sharing his reflections about the short pilgrimage he made that morning to Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine and the meaning of martyrdom, which is to give witness to the faith. For those martyrs, the youngest of whom was 14 years old, it was worthwhile giving their lives to remain faithful to Christ. “We too can be saints and give witness, especially in our ordinary Christian life, in our prayer, in our work, in our family, in our sports, in our rest, in everything,” he said.

He said that holiness in ordinary life doesn’t mean becoming perfect, without any defects, “but in growing in love for God and in service to others, in personal, sincere friendship with others.”

From the martyrs’s shrine the Prelate also sent Christmas greetings in a video that was posted on the Opus Dei website.

On the morning of the 22nd, the Prelate met with a group of faithful of the Prelature. In view of the approaching feast of Christmas, he encouraged those present to look at the child Jesus and see reflected in Him the infinite love that God has for each one of us.

In the afternoon, Msgr. Ocáriz visited the Archbishop of Kampala, Cardinal Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who thanked him for the work of the faithful of the Prelature in his diocese. The Prelate, in turn, thanked him for his affection for the Work and assured him of his prayers for all the efforts of the diocese.

In another get-together with faithful of Opus Dei, he reminded everyone of their responsibility to pray for the Holy Father and for the Church. People asked questions about the means of social communication, generosity in the family, professional and social ethics, apostolate with priests, etc. At the end, a tree commemorating his visit was planted to mark the end of the Prelate of Opus Dei’s pastoral trip to Kenya and Uganda.

Romana, n. 69, July-December 2019, p. 223.

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