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Catholics pilgrims trek for 211 kilometers to celebrate martyrdom

27 May 2015, 13:03 David Wekesa

Bungoma - Over 100 pilgrims from Eldoret, Kitale, Bungoma and Kisumu Catholic dioceses on Tuesday crossed to Uganda through Busia border for the June 3 Martyrs' commemoration.

The pilgrims, led by Father Oyugi Ogada from Kitale Diocese are trekking for 200 kilometers to Kampala to lead this year's Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations at the Namugongo martyrs shrine.

The believers who have been travelling since May 3, 2015 aim at reaching Namugongo before Sunday to mark the historic day in their faith.

Fr. Oyugi said the journey to Namugongo is an important transformation in the Catholic faith, adding that they resorted to trekking so they could experience the pain undergone by the martyrs.

He said despite challenges encountered on the way such as insecurity, they were convinced that the journey would be successful.

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He said the Catholic Church is built on the faith of Christians and therefore commemorating their heroes is fundamental in renewal of their faith as a sign of solidarity and readiness to defend their faith.

James Gitandi, 69, said he opted to go to Namugongo on foot despite having recovered from stroke which had paralyzed him a few months ago.

"This is my fourth time to trek to the holly shrine," he said.

Gitandi, who was carrying a water bottle, said he will use it to draw mercy water from the Namugongo springs for his spiritual use.

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