The 13th annual Gulu ecclesiastical
Prayer Peace Week to be hosted by Arua Diocese in Moyo Parish on behalf of Gulu
province is scheduled for 22nd to 26th January 2018
following the launch on December 31, 2017 at Moyo Centenary ground by the
Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Arua.
Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki explained the purpose of the annual Prayer Peace Week- as to promote peace and good relationship among the local communities in the country specifically in the region of Northern Uganda that was torn apart by wars and conflict.
His Lordship added that celebrating the Prayer Peace Week in the Diocese of Arua is timely since the Diocese is also grappling with conflicts.
He also added that the region of west Nile is hosting refugees so there is need for prayers and other support from the locals for the success of the project in the Diocese.
The Central organizing committee Chairperson, Williams Anyama who also doubles as district Chairperson of Moyo District Local Government said everyone needs peace for both spiritual growth and economic development. He thanked the Bishops of Ecclesiastical Province of Gulu for initiating the idea of the project being supported by various denominations to rebuild relationships amongst the various levels of society, reinstalling trust and mitigating prejudice against tribes and individuals.
Anyama said the project must be embraced for peace to prevail in the region.
On the same note, West Moyo county Member of Parliament Alero Tom Aza urged Christians to have the spirit of reconciliation, endurance, perseverance and hope for peace to cover families and the whole world.
Fr. Henry Odonga the priest Moyo Catholic Parish said each individual should be ambassador of peace and they should love and share peace that has been left by Jesus Christ while saying farewell to the disciples.
Over 6000 pilgrims are expected to participate in the provincial prayer peace week, the participants including community leaders, South Sudan refugees as well as the host communities in the settlement areas.
The Prayer Peace Week of 2018 will be celebrated under the theme: Migrants and Refugees, Men and Women in Search for Peace. The theme reflects the back ground of the refugees been hosted in the region in the districts of Adjumani, Moyo, Yumbe and Arua.
In other remarks, the Bishop Ordinary of Arua Diocese condemned the recent fight by the members of parliament during the debate on the removal of presidential age limit which was later controversially passed into law. He says parliament is a place where laws are formulated and it should be respected in order to promote peace and harmony among the citizens of the country other than bloodshed. End