The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev, Uja Tor Uja has promised to join forces with the Knight of St. Mulumba to promote Pilgrimage to Uganda.
Rev. Uja stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when he received the National Executive members of the order of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria in his office.
He said: “I believe that this Pilgrimage to Uganda is a blessing to Africa, a team from the Commission would be sent to Uganda between this year and next May on a fact finding mission; for contact building and information documentation of the holy site. The Commission would partner with KSM to make Uganda Pilgrimage the center of Africa Pilgrimage”.
He further stressed the need to have a conference of St. Mulumba together in order to discuss the issue of Pilgrimage to Uganda holistically, assuring that the Commission’s policy on Pilgrimage must include Israel which he said is the cradle of our Christian religion.
The Executive Secretary commended the Catholic Church for the way and manner they have been involved in missionary works across the globe saying; “the Catholic Church has got the correct global perspective of missionary work”.
According to Uja, “The Catholic Church should partner with other churches in the promotion of Pilgrimage to Uganda as the Commission would want Pilgrimage to be holistically developmental and would want all the churches to come together for every Pilgrimage, because the Commission would ensure that Pilgrimage would be interdenominational.
“Every church must register and be certified with the Commission before they would be allowed to travel on Pilgrimage to reduce and check the menace of absconders”, he noted.
In his earlier remarks, the leader of the delegation, the Supreme knight, Bro. Diamond Ovueraye commended the Executive Secretary for granting them audience, informing the commission that the order of the knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria was established in 1953 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
He said: “Pilgrimage is a journey of faith, to a place of faith for an increase of faith; we will commence the yearly pilgrimage to Uganda, to allow members and Christian faithful Clergy, Religious and Laity, visit the home of Uganda Martyrs and participate in the annual Martyr Day June celebrations held every 3rd of June”.
According to the Supreme Knight, the objectives of the Knights of St. Mulumba Pilgrimage to Uganda are to make that country the home of Uganda Martyrs the center piece of Africa Pilgrimage calling for the assistance of the commission to officially recognize KSM yearly Pilgrimage to Uganda as one of the Christian Pilgrimages.
He stated that the period of the Pilgrimage is usually between 28, 29 of May to 4th or 5th of June.