Dr. Fr. Ambrosoli was a Roman Catholic Priest and a declared member of the Comboni Missionaries, born in 1923 in Ronago a small town in the Province of Como, Italy. He is best known as a doctor, surgeon, philanthropist, and educator in the missions in Uganda. He was famed as the “saint doctor” or “great doctor” for being compassionate and loving care for the sick.

Gulu Archdiocese has launched preparations to celebrate the beatification of Fr. Dr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli.

In the Catholic Church, beatification is the final step to becoming a saint. When one is beatified, the church pronounces that the person is definitely in heaven and can ably plead to God on one’s behalf, if they pray to him.

Msgr Mathew Odong, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Gulu and Chairperson for the beatification describes Fr. Dr. Ambrosoli as worthy of becoming a blessed one because he aligned his life to the teachings of Christ and the Gospel which preaches the love of God and neighbor.

Msgr Odong cites Dr. Fr. Ambrosoli’s contributions to the poor by upgrading Kalongo Hospital from a dispensary to a hospital.

The beatification was scheduled for November 22, 2020, but was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the clergy, local leaders, and the community at Christ the King Parish, Kitgum, which falls under the Gulu archdiocese, launched the preparations for the beatification slated for November 20, 2022 in Kalongo, Agago district.

Fr. Achilles Kiwanuka Kasozi, the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries in Uganda notes that the celebration of the beatification will focus on his life for the poor and sick.

Fr. Kasozi preached to Christians to emulate the values of modesty, love, and compassion that Dr. Ambrosoli lived.

He encouraged Christians on the need for equal treatment of others, irrespective of their political, religious affiliations, or social strata, just like Dr. Ambrosoli did.Fr. Kasozi also noted that Dr. Ambrosoli not only used his medical expertise to treat but also imparted his skills to other health workers in Kalongo Hospital.

This, he said, is what we should all copy, for the sake of continuity.Kalongo Hospital now known as Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital has more than 350 beds and serves nearly 60,000 people every year.

Fr. Kasozi notes that the beatification of Dr. Fr. Ambrosoli is a great moment for the catholic church internationally, and Gulu Archdiocese, which gets the third blessed, after Jildo Irwa and Daudi Okello, who are blessed martyrs.Dr. Fr. Ambrosoli was a Roman Catholic Priest and a declared member of the Comboni Missionaries, born in 1923 in Ronago a small town in the Province of Como, Italy. He is best known as a doctor, surgeon, philanthropist, and educator in the missions in Uganda.

He was famed as the “saint doctor” or “great doctor” for being compassionate and loving care for the sick.It is believed that Dr. Ambrosoli extraordinary and unexplainably cured a Kalongo woman in 2008, eighteen years after his death in 1987.

The event reportedly happened on October 25 2008, when Lucia Lomokol, a 20-year-old woman lost her unborn baby and suffered sepsis or blood poisoning by bacteria.

Since her condition had puzzled medical doctors at the hospital, Dr. Eric Dominic placed on her pillow, a card of Dr. Ambrosoli and asked her relatives to pray to the “saint doctor” and the next morning, she had recovered and no one thought it was possible. Dr. Ambrosoli’s, ability to heal Lomoki of blood poisoning was confirmed as a miracle by Pope Francis on November 29 2019, a step that will lead to his beatification when he will earn the title ‘blessed’.

The event is expected to attract thousands of people from across Uganda as well as Italy, including Augostino Grisoni, the Mayor of Ronago municipality, in Como province, Italy.

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