Friday, April 20, 2012

AFRICA : UGANDA : ARCHBISHOP CATHOLICS DO NOT WORSHIP STATUES

CISA REPORT: KAMPALA, April 20, 2012 (CISA) -The Archbishop of Kampala, His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has clarified that Catholics do not worship statues of saints, but use them to reflect on the holy life lived by them. He made the clarification last Sunday as he showed the faithful at Rubaga cathedral the relics of Saint Faustina Krakow of Poland, to whom Christ revealed the Divine Mercy.
Archbishop Lwanga was responding to the frequent attacks by some evangelical churches that Catholics worship statues, paintings and photos. He explained that Catholics use the holy images, paintings and other pieces of art to recall the persons they depict. Just as it helps one to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, he explained, images also help Catholics to recall saints by looking at their pictures or statues.
Archbishop Lwanga lamented that the use of images of Christ and the saints in the Catholic Church is misunderstood by many. He said this shows that many non Catholics lack knowledge about the catholic faith and about what sacred scriptures say.

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