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What African polygamous men can learn from Ugandan martyr Matthias Mulumba

Comparing the sacred dilemma of the time to what happens in politics when a political party has multiple candidates for the same office, he said, “When people from the same party run for the same office, they hold primaries.”

“Matthias Mulumba had to run primaries with his wives and in the end he stayed with one woman,” said the member of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) who was transferred from Nebbi Diocese to Gulu on March 22 said.

He added: “I invite all our Christians, all our well-wishers who are in the same situation, like Matthias Mulumba, to start organizing their primaries so that by the end of the year, in the year of the anniversary, 2025 ., maybe we have enough church weddings.’

The Archbishop-elect explained the need for Christians to solemnize their marriage in church and embrace the Holy Eucharist.

“We know that a wedding is a way to strengthen the identity and value of the family by placing God at the center of our lives,” he said, imploring: “May St. Mulumba help all our families so that the dignity of families may remain according to the thoughts of God.”

“Let us all strive and pray that this becomes a reality, day by day, especially for families struggling to achieve unity and communion with each other, reflecting the Holy Family of Nazareth,” he said.

Uganda’s Martyrs’ Day dates back to the first decade of Christian presence in the East African country, when 45 men between the ages of 14 and 50 were murdered by the King of Buganda for their Christian faith between 1885 and 1887.

St. Matthias Mulumba was one of 22 Catholic men who died for their faith during persecution.

The 22 Catholics who were beatified in 1920 and canonized in 1964 continue to promote Catholic life in the country and also play an important role in building a Catholic identity worldwide.

The Namugongo Shrine is a large area covering the site where St. Charles Lwanga and his companionswho took pages at the royal court, was burned alive by order of Kabaka (king) Mwanga.