Catholic Church probes ‘miracle’ of Bishop Ngobya’s beatification :: Uganda Radionetwork

Now that Nakaweesi’s miraculous healing claim has been filed, Fr Kasule adds that they have already collected information including the child’s medical records which they will soon hand over to Fr Ssekabanja, so that he be investigated.

The Catholic Church has begun investigating a potential miracle which, if confirmed, could lead to the beatification and eventual canonization of Bishop Aloysius Ngobya.

Rev. Henry Kasule, the promoter of Ngobya’s case, says there is a 12-year-old girl named Angella Nakaweesi whose parents claim she was miraculously cured after the deceased priest’s intercession.

Fr Kasule says available information, which has yet to be backed up by scientific evidence, shows that a mother identified as Beatrice Nassuwa, a resident of Sembabule Parish in Masaka Diocese, gave birth to a daughter in 2008. However, the baby had heart disease. who was diagnosed and medical experts advised that she should undergo surgery.

Kasule adds that they were informed that despite their best efforts, the girl’s family was unable to pay the expensive medical bill for their sick child and hence they turned to prayer and l intercession through Msgr. Ngobya.

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Watch out… tebazirina. ”//

Nassuwa also claims her daughter’s recovery was a miracle as they had no other options and had turned to God for comfort. Nassuwa says her child’s life had a rough start and her family was shocked to see her progress as she grew up.

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Cue out…agenze akyuka.”//

Since the start of Ngobya’s cause for beatification, the faithful have been praying for an extraordinary miracle to be performed through the intercession of the priest, who has been elevated to the rank of servant of God.

Bishop Ngobya, who died in 1985, is said to have worked miracles during his lifetime.

In 2011, with the authorization of the Vatican, the Church instituted a commission of inquiry to determine whether Bishop Ngobya deserved canonization. His body was exhumed by the Catholic Church in the presence of a specially sent team from Rome. It was reported that even after 26 years in the grave, his heart, lungs, kidneys, part of his brain and his clothes were found intact.

According to Rev. Fr. Dr. Edward Ssekabanja, the Diocesan Chancellor of Masaka who is also the chairman of a committee to collect evidence to support the process towards Msgr. The beatification of Ngobya still needs a miracle for it to be taken into consideration.

Rev. Fr. Dr. Ssekabanja, who was also a member of the committee on Mother Kevin’s beatification cause, explains that a potentially miraculous cure must be instantaneous or sudden, complete and permanent, and without scientific or natural explanation.

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Report… okumanyisibwa kuno. ”//

Now that the claim for Nakaweesi’s miraculous recovery has been filed, Fr Kasule adds that they have already gathered information, including the child’s medical records, which they will soon hand over to Fr Ssekabanja to do the subject of an investigation.

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Cue out… father Ssekabanja. ”//

To verify miracles, a Vatican-appointed Miracle Commission – usually made up of theologians and scientific experts – examines the claim. Traditionally, a panel of five experts, including non-Catholics, reviews the putative miracle, reviewing all available medical reports. At least three of the five must agree that the hand of God has prevailed where science has faltered.

In 2018, Rome began examining the evidence presented by the Diocese of Masaka. Since then, many believers, who claim to have received special healing while praying at their graves in Kitovu Cathedral, Masaka district, have been mobilizing for his beatification and eventual canonization.

The church has recorded testimonies from various people, recording hundreds of favors which they attribute to Ngobya’s intercession. Many of these testimonies were sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Roman Curia in 2016 when the church concluded its investigation into the life, virtues and powers of intercession of the deceased priest.

Although the aforementioned testimonies have been kept confidential, the majority of them have been said to fall under the category of favors rather than miracles.

As the church investigates the Nakaweesi miracle, Dr John Omagino, a cardiologist, says that in some cases congenital heart defects can naturally be corrected in childhood, but once a child is over four years, the defect must be corrected by surgery.

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Spot… get it corrected. ”//

Omagino, who is also the executive director of the Uganda Heart Institute, however, notes that they have had problems with people claiming to have miraculously cured these birth defects of the heart, giving false hope and later returning when the condition has deteriorated.

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Locate… help them. ”//

The path to holiness is not new to Uganda as the Ugandan martyrs paved the way for the canonization process. However, it took 52 years for the process to be completed. A disabled youth called Levocatus Kalema from Kakuuto sub-county in Rakai district walked after a nine-day novena through the intercession of Ugandan martyrs for this group of 22 young converts to be beatified and then venerated unto sainthood .

Since the martyrs, two other causes have been successfully addressed in Uganda, including the beatification of Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa, and the upcoming beatification of Fr. Dr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli on November 22, 2022.

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