Only 500 mourners have been invited to bury Archbishop Lwanga

By Robert Segawa

The Catholic Church has revealed that 500 guests are expected to take part in the burial ceremony of the late Archbishop Bishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

Addressing journalists this afternoon,Rev.Fr. Nicholas Mulumba the head of social communication Kampala Archdiocese and currently the chairman communication Committee for the burial said 500 people have been invited to attend the burial at Rubaga Cathedral.

Mulumba said the people invited to attend the burial are Christians and closely related to the deceased.
He revealed that the program will kick off at 7am and the burial will take place at 2:30pm.

The deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said only invited guests will be allowed by security to access the burial in order to adhere to COVID guidelines.

He also revealed that starting from today evening there will be traffic a diversion at Nabunya junction,Kabusu roundabout, Rubaga Hospital and Mutesa road,adding that all roads leading to the cathedral will be restricted for motorists.

He adds that Rubaga Road leading to Cathedral will be restricted to motorists.

According to Rev.Fr.Nicholas Mulumba, Bishop Anthony Zziwa, the chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) will lead the requiem mass.

Cyprian Lwanga was an NRA sympathizer -Museveni

By Gloria Nakiyimba

President Yoweri Museveni says the late Archbishop for Kampala archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was an NRA sympathizer during the war that ushered the NRM government to power.

Speaking during the state funeral of the fallen archbishop at Kololo independence ground on Tuesday, President Museveni said “Cyprian Lwanga was part of our bayekera sympathisers. We were in the bush fight but we had sympathizers. They did not shoot guns but I am sure they prayed for us. They also contributed , they were with Cardinal Nsubuga, there were also other leaders like Bishop Yokana Mukasa , and the Muslim leaders like prince Badru Kakungulu they were part of our sympathisers.”

The president who was accompanied by First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, explained that this was one of the reasons why he ordered for the official mourning of the Catholic prelate at Kololo grounds.

He further explained that as a church leader at the level of an archbishop, Dr. Cyprian Lwanga had to be accorded a state funeral.

“He has been an archbishop. We don’t have many of those. They are only four for the Catholic Church. The one in the North, Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the one in the East Emmanuel Obbo, the one in the West Lambert Bainomugisha and the one here ” he noted

According to the head of state, honoring the late Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga with a state funeral is part of building national culture and it’s not just only to honor the political people and traditional leaders.

“The church leaders are also national leaders. So I think in terms of developing your national culture of recognizing value and contribution, you must include the religious leaders but of a certain level” Museveni emphasized.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was the chief mourner revealed he got to know about the late archbishop through the late Emanuel Cardinal Nsubuga.

“When I came from the bush, Cardinal Nusbuga invited me to Kyankwanzi and Kizito Lwanga was there as a young priest always with cardinal Nsubuga. That’s how I came to know him personally but originally I just knew cardinal Nsubuga” he said.

The president hailed Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Lwanga for setting up a micro finance project to help the people.

“One of the things I came to appreciate was his microfinance project called Twekembe which he started with his salary and it’s now a big microfinance involving many people”

The late Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was honored with 17-gun salute by the UPDF during the national mourning ceremony at Kololo organised by the government.

The ceremony was attended by religious leaders, and government officials.

His body was later airlifted to his ancestral home in Kyabakadde in Mukono district where another requiem mass was held at St. Charles Lwanga Kyabakadde.

BREAKING: Pope declines visit to Uganda.

By: Moses Kidandi

The Catholic church in Uganda has announced that Pope Francis won’t attend the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

The assembly of Catholic Bishops in the country invited Pope Francis to visit Uganda again in July this year to grace the climax of these celebrations. However, the Uganda Episcopal Conference Secretary-General; Msgr. John Baptist Kauta indicates that His Holiness won’t make it to Uganda through the program for the celebrations will proceed as scheduled.

The opening Mass for the climax of the celebration is expected on July 23, 2019, at Lubaga Cathedral and the closing Mass will be on July 28, this year at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo under the theme; Church, Family of God in Africa, celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim Meet and Welcome Christ your Savior.”

Religious leaders from Mityana starts advocacy for family planning

By Alice Lubwama

Faith based organizations from mityana district including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kiyinda–Mityana have partnered with civil societ organizations in the area to advocate for the allocation of more funds for family planning services in the next financial year budget 2018/2019.

During a meeting between religious leaders, government officials and civil society organizations from mityana district and mps on the health committee of parliament led by the chairperson DR Michael Bukenya, the Mityana Diocese Anglican Bishop; Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kazimba said that said that its their duty as religious leaders to
have a vision for the people in order for them not to perish.

Kazimba adds he supports family planning because it was about family life quoting proverbs chapter 29 verse 18‘‘ it says without vision people will perish and this provokes my ministry and this is actually a force behind what we do. ’´’ he said

Bishop kazimba told the meeting that when he was made a bishop 10 years ago, he realised a missing gap in area of education health, work and development he decided participate more because development is very important, quotes John chapter1o verse taking about having life in abundance .

Kazimba however said that although he supports family planning, but he was not in support of abortion, saying he was an abortion survivor ‘‘my father was a polygamist and my mother attempted to abort,iam th only child in that family now but see now where am , it is the reason why we have to support family planning .

The bishop said that he supports family planning 100% and he has only four children. The district health officer DR Lwasampijja Fred said that with the support of religious leaders and faith for family health initiative an
NGO in Mityana, the district has been able to implement a 5 years family planning costed plan.

The district allocates part of its budget to family planning services such as supplies and educating women and girls on how to use them.

DR Lwasa say that although teenage pregnancy in the district has been reduced to 9.7% in 2015 when they launched this family planning costed plan the percentage has now short up to 19.9 % in 2018 due to shortage of supplies.

Lwasa also points out the biggest challenges they face in implementing the use of family planning services as being low involvement of the males and increasing demand for the supplies compared to the supplies among others.

The chairperson of the health committee of parliament Dr Micheal Bukenya assured the religious leaders that the issues of family planning as well as drug stock outs will be considered as they go through the budget process adding that his committee had already agreed with the family planning consortium to ring fence the money for family planning services.

Amuria Catholic Parish priest issues canonical injunction against Marian prayer group

Members of the Marian prayer group in Soroti district have reacted angrily to the threats of ex-communication from the Catholic Church. On July 10th, Reverend Father Simon Peter Wankya, the St. Patrick Madera Parish priest issued a canonical injunction stopping the activities of Marian prayer group.

In his letter to Maria Gorreti Omadi, the leader of Marian prayer group,   Father Wankya outlined ten reasons why the activities of Marian prayer group contravene the teachings of the Catholic Church. He accused Omadi of among other things of referring to the devotions of the Catholic Church as demonic and fake while claiming that hers is the only authentic and true movement of the church.

He also accused Omadi of constructing a church in her home, recruiting a catechist who conducts Sunday services without the mandate and the guidance of the parish priest and luring people away from the Catholic Church under the pretext of being a seer mandated by Jesus Christ to cure people and exorcise them from powers of Satan among others.

In his letter, Fr. Wankya directed Omadi and her followers to explain their errant practices and seek for guidance or be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. He directed the group to respond to the accusations within a period of two weeks without, which they will be barred from receiving any sacraments from the Catholic Church in addition to being denied a Christian burial.

However, the members of Marian prayer group, say they are not bothered by the accusations leveled against them. Simon Peter Ongareno, the catechist of Marian prayer group, says they decided to move away from the Catholic Church after realizing that priests have strayed away from the teachings of St Peter, the first Vicar of Christ.

He suspects that the Catholic Church leadership could be after them because of the offertory they collect at their church.

Pampilio Otim, a member of Marian prayer group, says they moved away from Madera parish because the parish priest was giving preference to the charismatic renewal movement.

He also accuses Father Wankya of banning the activities of the group without hearing their defense.

Richard Ekemu, the chairperson Marian Prayer group, says despite establishing their own prayer place, they are still Catholics.

The Marian movement allegedly started in Madera parish in 1978 under the leadership of Betty Dominic, a seer from Obalanga in Amuria district. She was succeeded by Maria Gorrety Okadi in 2000. Currently, Marian prayer group in Madera is comprised of 75 members who congregate on Sunday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The Marian prayer group, which allegedly started in Rome, Italy, has over 12, 000 priests and Bishops in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.

-URN

Father Musaala criticizes and quits catholic church, joins Evangelical Orthodox church

By Fr. Anthony Musaala

NO LONGER AT EASE

In my three years of virtual foced exile from Roman Catholicism, I have found myself deeply drawn to the sacred symbolism of the Orthodox Divine Liiturgy and to the more contemplative, less rationalistic theology of the historic Eastern churches.

Paradoxically I am nonetheles also still very charismatic and evangelistically oriented, which is why I was also very excited to discover the wonderfully and curiously named Evangelical Orthodox Church, about one year ago.

This small forty-year old church which is an off shoot of both the Evangelical and Orthodox combines Orthodox theology and worship with an evangelical and charismatic outlook. How quaint.

Also this little church has very warmly welcomed me as a true seeker who may also later have something to offer from my Catholic charismatic background ; wheras ironically my own dear Roman church for reasons it knows best,persists in shutting me out. How odd.

Anyway the Evangelical Orthodox Church or EOC, in abbreviation is truly ‘catholic’ in the best sense of the word, having the fullness of the ancient faith and lacking nothing in their traditions or doctrines which was there from the begining, while carefully reading the scriptures and proclaiming the Risen Lord to elicit conversion.

As a result of this happy discovery, Im afraid that Roman Catholicism, which I have so deeply loved and grown up with , sits less and less well with my soul.

Not only am I unable to accept the impunity with which ecclesiastical authority has unjustly treated me and others but increasingly I am dissatisfied with several other aspects of Roman Catholicism .

One of these is what we call liturgy or worship.

Roman Catholic liturgies seem to have become frozen in their own predictable rubrics and vacuous wordiness. They are not life-giving. The orthodox liturgies I have experienced are very ancient but most prayerful and in the EOC leave more room for charismatic prayer

Roman Catholics no longer have any liturgical chants, no proper icons to venerate, no silences; only spiritual songs, spoken texts and overly ‘realistic’ images and statues which may seem beautiful, but lack depth.

They are mere images by comparison to the striking icons in the Orthodox church which are spiritual and deep, real windows to heaven.

Also the kerygma, the essential saving truth of the gospels, which changes lives is hardly preached by catholic priests. Instead we tend preach legalistic moralism and abstract sermons not related to life, while correctness of ritual take pride of place.

The fruit of this is all too often the dark secrets and abuses within and a too easy accommodation with evil, sin and hypocrisy, especially in the hierarchy. Many see this lack of integrity and authenticity and leave.

While Roman Catholic churches are still full due to infant baptism, this is somewhat illusory According to the most recent figures from the National census Board of Uganda 765,000 christians have left the Catholic church in Uganda in the last ten years.

In another ten or twenty years what will it be llike? Surely things must change. The church must change or die. It died in North Africa which was Catholic in the first four hundred years AD. It is dying in Europe and America.

As charismatics we were often accused of distorting Catholic worship and theology with healing prayers and other forms of spontaneity, and yet many catholics experienced our Masses as life-changing encounters with the Divine rather than as a lifeless rituals.

The priests today are in undignified haste to supply more and more Masses. They are under pressure to multiply Masses for different groups who want ”their Mass”.

Good liturgy requires time for prayer and preparation but often there is no time.Today liturgy in the RC Church has become quantified and even commodified. Mass and even some other sacraments appears as commodities offered for those who can finance a priest

The numerous masses being said for graduations, lumbes, for multiplying outstations, for opening buildings and businesses, houses, you name it, are not necessarily a sign of increasing or deepening spirituality, in my view, but of religiosity, and shrewd income generation by impecunious priests.

There is no such thing as a perfect church of course. Perfection is found in heaven.The church is both human and Divine and I am sure that each one of us, including me have contributed to the good and not so good within the church.

Realistically however and on a personal note there are times when no matter how much you love your ‘home’ it is impossible for you to continue to stay there.So you leave with a heavy heart continuing to love home but from a distance.

Your heart is no longer at ease.

-Bigeye