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Hundreds gather to witness priest’s remains exhumed

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Hundreds of Christians gathered at Nebbi Cathedral on Friday to witness the first exhumation of the body of the first African Alur Priest in Nebbi Catholic Diocese.

Rev. Fr. Monsignor Paul Jalcebo’s body, was exhumed 14 years after he was laid to rest. According to the parish priest, Fr Albert Oromcan, there was need to relocate the late priest’s body to an official cemetery because the cathedral has limited space for the construction of a historical community hall and a refreshment centre.

“We have no land to do more development and so we need to economise the little space we have. The relocation of our brother is in good faith after we acquired land to establish a cemetery where even others, who will die will be buried,” Fr. Oromcan said.

Land issues
He admitted that the parish did not have an official cemetery and at the time when they were searching for land to establish a cemetery, people were not cooperating.

“It is only recently that some people accepted to offer land and later understood that the land is for a cemetery,” Fr. Oromcan added.

However, one of the elders, Mr Otho Korine, said in Alur culture, if a body is being exhumed, there must be some rituals performed and a goat slaughtered as a sacrifice for those who are exhuming the body from the grave.

He added that before his team started their work, they were given some money, equivalent to the price of a goat.
Fr. Jalcebo was born in Panyimur Kwonga to his late father Ojanga, who later died and left him in the hands of Kinobe Odubuker.

He practiced his pastoral work in Acholi, Gulu Diocese from 1932 to 1933, where he attained his education at the time when West Nile region was under Gulu Diocese. He was later ordained as a priest on December 8, 1945 in Gulu Diocese.

He died on March 28, 1998 at 84 years. The late priest has been commended for his enormous contribution in the growth of the Catholic faith in the region, immensely contributing to the construction of the old cathedral in 1956.

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