The Apostolic Administrator of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere/ Photo: Wasswa Lwamulungi

Ugandan Bishop Criticizes Price Inflation amid Pandemic, Urges Love for Affected, Infected

The Apostolic Administrator of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere has faulted people taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to hike prices of basic commodities and healthcare services.In his homily during Holy Mass to pray for the souls of those who have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications, Bishop Ssemogerere said patients who are suffering from the pandemic ought to be shown love instead of being burdened with expenses.“It is sad that some people are taking advantage of the pandemic to inflate charges and make money. Today you may get the money but tomorrow it will slip away from your hands and someone else will enjoy the wealth you have acquired in such bad means. Let us prioritize love and not put patients under pressure for our own gain,” said the Apostolic Administrator who doubles as the Local Ordinary of Uganda’s Catholic Diocese of Kasana Luweero.Bishop Ssemogerere said difficult moments occasioned by the pandemic are felt even badly by those who have lost their loved ones to the scourge. He urged the people of God in the East African country to pray for the affected, the sick and those who are departed.“The Pandemic has challenged all of us. We empathize with those who are sick and pray that God may heal them,” the Bishop said during the celebration of Holy Mass that was held at the Sacred Heart Lubaga Cathedral of Kampala Archdiocese.

“We pray for all those who have lost their dear ones; and also thank God who is still keeping us. We pray for the souls of the faithful departed,” said the Bishop in a non-congressional Holy Mass, which Ugandan Catholics Online live-streamed on Facebook.However, amid the pandemic, he said, the Church success stories have been reported for those battling against spread and infection.“We celebrate with those who have recovered from COVID-19; pray for those who have died from COVID10 and pray for those at the frontline of research and medical specialists that they find the right cure for the disease,” said Bishop Ssemogerere.He added, “We also appreciate the Medical personnel who are working tirelessly to save lives in spite of knowing its risks. You are Martyrs.”He also advised people to continue observing health guidelines issued by responsible authorities in the country to help combat the spread of the virus.

“As Christians, we are encouraged to observe the containment measures of washings our hands with soap, keeping social distance, sanitizing as we trust God,” he said.The East African Nation has, in the recent weeks, recorded a rise COVID-19 infections, leading to renewed restrictions.