Pilgrims at Uganda matyrs shrine in Namugongo are holding intensive prayers for the spirit of late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere a former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Late Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a staunch Roman catholic christian. The process to propel him into a holy saint has reached advanced stages.
On Friday,Tanzania’s former First Lady Mama Maria Nyerere and her family also took part in commemoration of the Nyerere Day and took part in beautification of her late husband at Namugongo Catholic shrine.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who attended mass is also strongly supportive of Nyerere’s sainthood.
“We reinforce prayers of Christians in Tanzania and elsewhere towards the beatification of Mwalimu Nyerere, a devoted Catholic, patriot (muzalendo), Pan Africanist and parent to many including myself,” Museveni said.
Canonization or Sainthood in the Catholic tradition is the Church’s official recognition that the person so declared is without doubt with God in heaven.
If therefore Nyerere is declared as saint, he will be numbered publicly by the Church all over the world whose lives would have been lived in accordance to the will of God. The Church refers to this kind of life as “heroic.”
Nyerere has passed one of the three major steps on the road towards sainthood. He has already been given the title “Servant of God.”
This means that the Catholic faithful are officially permitted – are in fact encouraged – asking for favours from God through his intercession.
Catholics can now ask Nyerere to pray to God on their behalf for whatever needs they have.
The other two steps remaining are for him to be declared “blessed,” also known technically as beatification, and then finally as saint, or canonization.