Monday, October 21, 2002

John Paul II beatifies missionary workers in Uganda, including 2 Ugandan teens

At the end of the celebration in St. Peter's Square, the Pope thanked men and women missionaries for their selfless dedication to proclaiming the Gospel. "I am with you every day!" the Pope said. "'I am with you,' Jesus says to the pilgrim Church in the world. I am with you, young ecclesial communities in mission lands. Do not be afraid to engage in dialogue with all. Take the message of salvation to each one. Be courageous!" The Holy Father said this was precisely the testimony left by Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa, catechists of northern Uganda, who were brutally killed for the faith on Oct. 18, 1918. Historical sources say Daudi was 16 and Jildo was 12.

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