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Con priests using Pope's visit to mint money from Catholics

04 November 2015, 14:54 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - A cross-section of Catholics have complained about the manner in which some of the Catholic leaders in Uganda and conmen are using the expected Pope's visit to extort money from followers.

According to John Male, a self confessed conservative Catholic, bishops, priests and conmen have made the visit an opportunity to mint money.

Male said, ''They are collecting money from Catholics in most churches saying it is meant to facilitate the Pope's visit. Some are selling rosaries at exorbitant prices saying they have already been blessed by Pope Francis which is nor true.''

He said that most priests are using the money collected in such a manner for their personal gain.

He said that the rosaries claimed to be blessed by the Pope are sold at UGX 100 000 (KES 4 000) each.

''A conman took off with my UGX 500 000 after lying to me that he was in charge of collecting money for renovating Namugongo shrines where the Pope is to conduct a mass when he visits Uganda,'' said Irene Namuli.

Police said they have received several cases of people conning others using Pope's visit as a bait.

Police spokesman, Fred Enanga has advised Ugandans to guard against such conmen.

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