PAKWACH. Hundreds of pilgrims on Saturday turned up at Omach in Pakwach town council to commemorate 110 years of Christian faith in Northern Uganda.

The Christians from the Archdeaconries of Gulu, Nebbi, Arua and Lira were joined by believers from other parts of the world to mark the day with the call to embrace the gifts of the Holy Eucharist.

The celebration to mark the milestone was headed by Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzeli, the Bishop Emeritus of Lira diocese.

In his homily, Franzeli called upon Christians to embrace the spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and love for one another as the main mission of the Comboni brothers’ evangelism.

The day was marked under the theme: “Do this in remembrance of me."

The Comboni missionaries were first welcomed at Kabim isolated site at Pakuba, a place where Daniel Comboni is believed to have conducted the first mass in Northern Uganda in 1910.

BoysBoys being carried up to symbolize King Omach receiving the Comboni Missionaries in Northern Uganda

"All the divisionism and differences by our grandsons are exposed in one unity today and we should accept the cross of mercy of God and reconciliation for the differences to evaporate with the power of the Holy Eucharist," Archbishop John Baptist Odama said.

He urged Christians to repent and reunite with the appeal to the clergy to preach the message in the church for its growth.

Odama also asked Christians to always pray for God's intervention following the outbreak of Coronavirus that is ravaging most parts of the world thus paralyzing many activities.

He appealed to Christians to stop shaking hands as a precautionary measure to contain the disease.

The diocesan administrator of Nebbi catholic diocese Fr Emmanuel Odaga cautioned the congregation against the myth that with faith one can't contract coronavirus.

"God has given you doctors the knowledge, use it to help his people and let's help ourselves before God can come to our rescue," Odaga advised.

This year's Omach pilgrimage was animated by Angal deaconry which comprises of Angal, Parombo and Angaba parishes.