The Arua catholic diocese and the Anglican Diocese of Madi West Nile have embarked on a move to revive ecumenism in a bid to foster Christian unity. Ecumenism requires Christians of different denominations to work together for the common good.
The ecumenism movement within the two dioceses was prominent during the late 90s and early 2000s but collapsed following the appointment and election of new bishops for the Arua Catholic diocese and Madi and West Nile dioceses in 2008 and 2016 respectively.
The decision to revive the movement came after Christ the King Arua catholic parish held a joint ecumenical Christmas carol at Emmanuel Cathedral Mvara the headquarters of Madi and West Nile diocese recently. Rev. Father Pius Yobuta, the Priest of Christ the King Arua Parish who is also the Dean of Ediofe Deanery explained that the move to revive ecumenism between the two dioceses will go a long way in promoting peaceful coexistence and relationship among the Christians.
Rev Fr. Dr. Robert Wadri Aluma, a Lecturer at Ggaba Major Seminary called upon churches to make ecumenism practical to fostering peaceful coexistence unity, and development among Christians in the West Nile subregion. He cautioned the religious leaders to desist from quarreling about the practice of religion and rather focus on promoting peaceful coexistence.
Bishop Charles Collins Andaku of Madi and West Nile diocese commended his counterpart Rt. Rev Sabino Ochan Odoki of Arua diocese for endorsing the ecumenical partnership. Bishop Andaku pledged to extend the ecumenical engagement to other churches within the Diocese.