Kampala, 21 November, 2022 / 9:37 pm (ACI Africa).
The Feast Day of Blessed Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a Comboni Priest who served in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu for years will be July 28.
Pope Francis made the declaration in an Apostolic Letter that was read out during the November 20 beatification of the Italian-born Catholic Priest who has been celebrated as an exemplary medic and a loving Priest.
In the letter, the Holy Father described Blessed Ambrosoli as "a good Samaritan" who he said had "made himself close to the needy", especially the sick people in Kalongo, where the Comboni Missionary Priest ran a hospital that attended to the poor people in Northern Uganda, including lepers who he embraced with love.
"Accepting the wish our brother John Baptist Odama, Metropolitan Archbishop of Gulu, of many brothers in the Episcopate, and of a great many faithful, having obtained the opinion of the Dicastery for the course of saints, with our Apostolic authority, we grant that the venerable servant of God Giuseppe Ambrosoli, professed Priest of the Congregation of Comboni Missionaries of the heart of Jesus, doctor and Priest who as a good Samaritan tirelessly made himself close to the needy, to heal their wounds of body and soul, may he henceforth be called Blessed and be celebrated each year on the 28th of July in the places and according to the rules of the law," Pope Francis said in the Apostolic letter.
Relaying the message of the Holy Father, the Apostolic Nuncio in Uganda, Archbishop Luigi Bianco, said that the Apostolic letter was granted at Rome on October 7 on the memorial of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.