Kiwamirembe Shrine in Uganda,
Nachbau von Rosenkranzbildern /Geheimnissen
von Međugoreje, in Uganda

Rosary Mystery at Kiwamirembe Shrine in Uganda, replica of the one on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje

von Pater Peter Bakka,
Leiter des Friedenszentrum in Kampala, Uganda.

Kiwamirembe Shrine in Uganda is located on Entebbe—Kampala Road. These are two strategic places in the country; they are the international airport and the capital city respectively. The people living in the area between the capital city and the international airport were in a dangerous predicament during the terrible war that started in 1979 and brought to as successful conclusion in 1981. This is the war that brought to an end the brutal regime of Idi Amin Dada.
The parish priest of Lweza parish, Fr John from Italy had pleaded with the Christians to intercede through Our Lady asking God for peace. At the end of the war, since this whole area was miraculously left unsettled, the promise that the parish priest made to Christians had to be implemented, namely, building a Shrine in honor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine (Kiwamirembe).

The best place that was chosen for this was a hill that was on the other side of the main road from a nearby town called Kajjansi. People started gathering up on this hill, to thank and pray to God through the intercession of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Soon there were apparent miracles being reported. Among the miracles was the one of land around that place that was generously donated in honor of Our Lady. Now there was the need of finding a fitting sacred image for the Shrine. Once, where the parish priest Fr John visited the Diocesan shop at Nsambya, he found exposed, a very beautiful statue of Our Lady. No sooner did he see it than he decided at once that it was the one meant for the Shrine. He obtained it without much ado and took it home. Soon it was officially blessed and installed at the place. At the time, many did not know that there was a very sacred image.

It is said that the statue came as luggage in a wooden box by train from Mombassa to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. At the train station in Kampala the box lay there for some good time as “unclaimed luggage.” Among those who frequented the train station were some thieves, who after noticing that particular box had no one to claim it, wanted to take advantage and steal it. So, one day they managed to stealthily take it away. When they came to some place under cover of darkness, they opened the box to see their booty. When they opened the first bit of the box, they all ran away for their dear lives, since they thought at first sight that the box contained remains of a white woman. It all looked to them as a real dead –body of a white lady.
The following day people who were passing by found an abandoned statue of Our Lady laying there and so referred the matter to the local Bishop, the late Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga. He brought it and asked that it be put in the Diocesan shop locally referred to as Nsamya procure. This is where Fr. John, the parish priest of Lweza, later came and found it. One gentleman who claims to communicate with Our Lady has told us that one day Our Lady told him that She is directly responsible for the coming of that statue to Uganda.
Some of the wonders and spiritual healings and other miracles continue to take place there as well as people of all walks of life including non- Catholics flock from far and near to the shrine.It is no longer just a national shrine it is swiftly becoming international.
One Ugandan who owns a cargo plane by names of captain Joy Roy, after discovering the treasure of Medjugorje, took it upon himself to help as many Ugandan Bishops and priests as possible to visit the Queen of Peace place of apparitions in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
By now Fr John had long left the parish of Lweza and in his stead was an old Monsignor Mbwega a well-known great preacher especially of priest retreats, he was made special chaplain to the Shrine. He did much to help the pilgrims and set up several programs to cater for the pilgrims’ needs. Every month and for every feast of Mary, student candidates asking for success in their exams, etc.
With the collaboration of captain Joy Roy little by little it began to be turned into a replica of Medjugorje. A nearby hill was turned into another Krizevac and another lower one was turned in to a kind of Apparition Hill with bronze images made by the very person who made those of Medjugorje in the same size and design.
Personally I came to know about Kiwamirembe from the listeners of Radio Maria when I became the director in 2004. The Radio did make the shrine more loved and more known, and the Shrine also made the Radio more known and loved.
With Radio Maria there were also more intimate ties with Medjugorje. Through a certain Italian lady by the names of Christine a project was started of gathering and sending names which we came to learn would be given to Our Lady when She comes down in Medjugorje to meet the six seers, which basically meant that She took these names to Heaven.
As the names of numerous Ugandans were sent, one particular lady from Jinja came and inquired whether it was not possible to go on the pilgrimage to Medjugorje itself. We looked for a travel agency with which we could team together. We landed on “Dove Tours and Travel.”
As the preparations for the Medjugorje pilgrimage got into high gear, unrelated circumstances developed at Radio Maria suddenly on June 11- 2005. Paradoxically this gave me more time and space to organize the pilgrimage to Medjugorje that was in late June
Through not without enormous difficulties a very successful pilgrimage was prepared for 43 Ugandans, the first ever such huge group from Africa to Medjugorje in 24 years. The pilgrimage saw us through Egypt where Jesus Mary and Joseph were refugees more than 2000 years ago, through Rome, and through the place of Padre Pio in southern Italy-Giovanni Rotondo.
Every one of the pilgrims was impressed and those who had been at Kiwamirembe Shrine before did not miss to note the clear similarities, the Cross Mountain and the way of the Cross at Kiwamirembe, and the Apparition Hill and the Gethsemane at Kiwamirembe. They could not miss to notice the exact replica of the bronze images along the way of the cross and the Way of the Rosary, which are exactly the same as those at Kiwamirembe Shrine. Above all they could not miss the names of our lady of Medjugorje Queen of Peace.
On returning to Uganda the place where to go and thank God for the successful pilgrimage and tell the story as well as the numerous miracles that took place, was none other than Kiwamirembe. The enthusiasm created led to the preparation of another successful pilgrimage of 53 Ugandans the following year.
During the Medjugorje pilgrimage of 2005, one very serious challenge met by the pilgrims was the question posed by numerous pilgrims from Europe and America who wanted us to tell them about Kibeho, Kibeho is a place of Marian apparitions in Rwanda, Africa.
Rwanda is a country that shares boarder with Uganda and many intermarriages have actually taken place between Uganda and Rwanda. In fact the current president of Rwanda, Paul, grew up in Uganda and fought the guerrilla war along side the current president of Uganda.
Now when we were asked about Kibeho, none of us knew much about it, let alone the fact that the Vatican had long approved its authenticity in 2001.
Ashamed as we were, on returning to Uganda after the first pilgrimage to Medjugorje we soon organized a pilgrimage in November of the same year, to Kibeho. We learnt that the following year 2006 would mark 25 years since the apparitions first took place. We got prepared to really get involved and involve many Ugandans.
The pilgrimages to Kibeho were of course cheaper and took fewer days.
So beginning from November 28th, 2006, many pilgrimages were organized. Many very vivid miracles were taking place there, in the sun, with the rain, with people who had lost their faith
Suddenly being shaken by the power of God in mighty ways, many people who gathered at Kiwamirembe would hear unbelievable stories from Kibeho and those who were incredulous were encouraged to “come and see.” They would come, see and encourage many more others to join. As the leader of the groups, in a span of about one year, I have taken groups to Kibeho more than 12 times.
One prominent feature from Kibeho is the same increased devotion to Jesus of the Divine Mercy. In Kibeho whoever goes there is made to pay a short visit to the huge statue of Jesus of the Divine Mercy at the nearby village, Cana. The giant figure is about 17 ft. high and weights about 2 tons. It is made of bronze. It is said that it was made in Brazil, courtesy of Americans from Chicago. When it was ready, many Americans wanted Jesus of the Divine Mercy to visit them. After taking it around the country, the original plan was abandoned, through Divine Mercy intervention it was left to Our Lady to decide where it would be taken next.
During an international meeting of Marian priests in Europe, news was circulated about the huge statue of Jesus of the Divine Mercy. The affirmative answer that was received was, that “Yes, it should go to Rwanda-Kibeho and stay there forever.” This statue is now one of the “seven wonders” of Rwanda. And as if that were not enough, numerous strange happenings have taken place to those who visit it, assuring everyone that it is more than a mere statue. Cana is under the care of Marian priests in Rwanda.
Add to the above the fact that Rwanda there is also a parish that our Ugandans pilgrims are also always meant to visit. The parish is called Ruhango. This parish devoted to the Divine Mercy and Sister Faustina, has a perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament chapel. Many miraculous healings do take place there, but above all, it is known as the only parish where people went for refugee during the genocide of Rwanda in 1994 and none were killed. At Kibeho parish, about 25,000 people murdered inside the parish church in just three days, at Ruhango parish no single person was killed.
Starting with Radio Maria and now the pilgrimages to Kibeho, with Kiwamirembe as the meeting point, the popularity of the Divine Mercy Rosary, the Divine Mercy image, Divine Mercy messages of accepting suffering, books and pamphlets of Divine Mercy, Jesus and Sister Faustina are growing by day. At 3:00 pm and 3:00am numerous Christians are getting to know the importance of saying the Divine Mercy Rosary. Fruits are experienced far from taking Jesus of the Divine Mercy seriously. Today the Sunday following Easter is slowly but surely gaining its proper place in the parishes of Uganda thanks to Radio Maria and Kibeho in particular in connection with Kiwamirembe Shrine.
And now, what started as a faint dream, growing into a distant possibility, is soon turning into a giant reality. HAVING IN UGANDA OUR OWN SHRINE OF THE DiVINE MERCY.
Keep on just saying on behalf of my colleagues “JESUS I TRUST IN YOU”

Editor's note: Fr. Bakka is the spiritual director of the Medjugorje Peace Center in Kampala, Uganda.

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