The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali has called upon Ugandans to turn to Christ in exchange for eternal life.
The Archbishop was delivering his Easter message at his provisional office at Namirembe before he joined other Christians in ‘Carrying the Cross’ to symbolize the suffering of Jesus Christ.
“The message of Easter is that if you want to have eternal life, the only way is through Jesus. You must first renounce the world, the flesh, and the devil. You must renounce the ‘thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy …’ Rt. Rev. Ntagali told the Christians.
The Man of God condemned the rampant murders especially of women, witnessed in the recent past.
“I want to encourage all of us this Easter to reject the growing culture of death around us and, instead, promote a culture of life,” he said, adding: “We all know about the random killings that have been taking place, especially of women, and the delay in solving the mystery of who the killers are and bringing them to justice. The increasing number of deaths and the seeming inability to do anything about them is part of our current culture of death but this is not the way of Jesus.
He also castigated those advocating for the legalization of abortion, saying that it promotes the culture of meting out death to the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.
“When someone kills someone else just to steal a phone, what does that tell us about the value of life? It says that life is cheap but, actually, life is not cheap. Jesus died and rose again so that we could have life. Life is very costly,” the Archbishop stressed.
He also noted that the culture of death has taken root in South Sudan and many provinces in eastern Congo, creating a big impact on Uganda.
The Archbishop said in two months’ time, Uganda Martyrs Day will be commemorated at a special celebration in Namugongo on June 3, and he revealed that the Greater Kigezi Dioceses will organise of this year’s celebrations, with the committee co-chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and his predecessor John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
Archbishop Ntagali urged Christians to make a special effort to mobilise big numbers from their dioceses to participate in this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations, and also disclosed that there will be a health camp and other programs for children and youth.