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.”

Pope Francis to return to Uganda in 2019

By Robert Segawa

The Archbishop of Kampala diocese Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has officially announced that Pope Francis is scheduled to return to Uganda next year in July.

Dr Lwanga made the announcement at Pope Paul hotel in Ndeeba Rubaga division during a Thanks giving ceremony to celebrate the works of former Archbishop Joseph Nakabale Kiwanuka on Thursday evening.

The archbishop said Pope Francis will participate in the conference for all African bishops which will take place in Uganda and is expected to attract over 500 bishops from across African continent and Madagascar island.

The leader of Catholic Church was in Uganda in 2015 to take part in the Uganda martyrs 50 years celebrations at Namugongo martyrs shrine.

The Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga also in his address commended the good work done of Archibishop Kiwanuka and also asked Ugandans especially leaders to work for equality and justice.

Holy father, Pope Francis now on Instagram

Itching to know how Pope Francis jazzes up his #OOTD? The wait is over, friends.

Francis made his Instagram debut on Saturday, posting his first two photos under the newly-minted handle, @Franciscus.

He started things out with his signature line, “Pray for me.” It was the same phrase he used to introduce himself on Twitter after his election in 2013.

Francis’ foray onto the popular photo sharing site was reportedly timed to coincide with the three year anniversary of his inauguration as spiritual head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

The Instagram account is part of the Vatican’s efforts to reach out to Catholics around the world, particularly the younger generation. In a message for the church’s World Communications Day, Francis called the Internet a “gift of God” that can help the human family come closer together.

“Access to digital networks entails a responsibility for our neighbour whom we do not see but who is nonetheless real and has a dignity which must be respected,” Francis said in the message. “The internet can be used wisely to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing.”

The Vatican has already established a presence on Instagram under the handle @newsva, which has close to 80,000 followers and posts photos of Francis’ daily activities and interactions with his flock.

In February, the Vatican posted an image of Francis meeting with Instagram’s CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom. Systrom reportedly gave the pope a curated book of 10 Instagram images to prove that images can “unite people across borders, cultures and generations.”

The pope hasn’t yet created an official account on Facebook. Vatican officials are reportedly worried that it would be harder to monitor abusive comments on that network.

However, Pope Francis is already a force to be reckoned with on Twitter, with accounts that tweet out messages in nine different languages. He has nearly 9 million followers on his English account and more than 11 million on his Spanish account.

So far, the pope’s Twitter feed has been heavy on text. Only three of his more than 700 tweets on his English account are of images or videos.

Will his Instagram account simply be a first-person version of @newsva? Will we see more of his trademark selfies? Will the Virgin Mary forever be his #WCW?

We can’t wait to find out!


-Huffington Post

Facts to let you know more about Pope Francis

The long waited day has finally arrived, Pope Francis comes to Uganda. We thought digging up some facts about him would be helpful.

  1. Francis is the Pope of many firsts. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741.

2. He is unusually multilingual, speaking Spanish, Latin and Italian fluently and understanding German, French, Portuguese, English, and Ukrainian.

3. He chose his papal name due to the humility and austerity associated with St. Francis of Assisi and he really lives up to his reputation. While Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a simple apartment and rode the bus. When he was elected the Pope, he flew to Rome in economy class.

4. The Pontiff had only one functioning lung. He had a part of his right lung removed in his youth due to an infection, but he appears to be in good health even at the ripe age of almost 78.

5. As a true-blooded Argentine, he is a big fan of tango. According to the Catholic News Agency, several thousands of tango dancers are expected to perform for him on the St. Peter´s Square on his 78th birthday.

6. Another “secular” thing Pope Francis loves is soccer. He is a proud supporter of San Lorenzo de Almagro Football club, a traditional soccer team from his home neighborhood.

7. He likes J.R.R. Tolkien and has read his works. He particularly grew fond of Frodo and Bilbo whom he used as examples of hopeful heroes who are called to walk a path in the unfolding drama between good and evil.

8. Apart from his modesty and humility, the Pontiff is also known to have a good sense of humor. When he was elected as Pope, he reportedly told other cardinals, “May God forgive you for what you have done.” He was also photographed while good-naturedly trying on a red nose used by clowns.

9. Before he became a Jesuit, Pope Francis worked as a bouncer in a Buenos Aries bar to help pay for his studies.

10. In the 1960´s, he taught literature, philosophy, psychology, and theology at several high schools in Argentina.

11. Pope Francis’ acts remind people of scenes from the Bible. He embraced and blessed a man covered in tumors (similarly to the story of Jesus who healed lepers) and washed the feet of juvenile delinquents, including a Muslim woman.

12. His Holiness studied philosophy at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and also has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.

13. Pope Francis is a legal citizen of three different countries. Apart from Argentina where he was born and raised, he is also a citizen of Italy (because of a legal tradition and his Italian parentage) and since Vatican is as a sovereign entity with the Pope as its leader, it makes three countries in total.

14. At the age of 12, he fell in love with a girl from his neighborhood. He reportedly told her, “If I don’t marry you, I’m going to be a priest.” Even in this case, the Pontiff kept his word.

15. Pope Francis´ favorite painting is The White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall. The painting shows Jesus being crucified on the cross, wearing a prayer shawl as a symbol that he is Jewish.

16. From 1998 to 2013, he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. In 2001, he was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II.

17. After being elected the Pope in March 2013, Francis chose not to live in the official papal residence in the Apostolic Palace, but to remain in the much humbler Vatican guest house where he can receive visitors and hold meetings. He is the first pope since Pope Pius X to live outside the papal apartments.

18. In 2013, American news magazine the Time named Pope Francis the Person of the Year, a prestigious title given to the one who “has done the most to influence the events of the year”.

19. The Pontiff was given a Harley-Davidson motorcycle after he gave blessings to hundreds of Harley owners and their rides in St. Peter’s Square. He sold the bike at an auction that benefited the homeless.

20. Famous for his fondness for soccer, His Holiness is often given soccer jerseys. Presidents, dignitaries, celebrities as well random pilgrims have all given him soccer jerseys (some of them personalized), creating an impressive collection that many soccer fans can be envious

21. As a young teen, the Pope used to play basketball (influenced by his father who played basketball for San Lorenzo) so he also enjoys and receives many basketball jerseys including a personalized jersey from the NBA´s Boston Celtics.

22. As a cardinal with access to the renowned Archbishop chef, Francis chose to cook his own meals in his small apartment in downtown Buenos Aires. As the Pope, he made a surprising visit to the Vatican cafeteria to eat with local workers.

23. The official name of the Pope is not Francis I but just Pope Francis. It will become Francis I after there is another Pope Francis II.

24. In 2001, as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he washed and kissed the feet of 12 patients with AIDS at an Argentine hospice.

25. Pope Francis came out strong against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Francis has branded the sexual abuse of children by priests an ugly crime saying he would show zero tolerance for anyone in the church who perpetrated such crimes against children.




Source: List 25

Preparations for the papal mass in high gear

The Catholic church has confirmed that about eighteen couples will deliver offertory during the apostolic mass at Namungongo Martyrs shrine to be led by the pope Francis. The Papal visit publicity committee chair man Bishop Franzelli says four selected people including two children, a boy and girl will then hand the offertory over to the pope.

The pontiff arrived in Kenya on Wednesday at the  start of his African visit.  The holy father was warmly welcomed Kenyan style with ululating crowds and excited religious personalities. The president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta received the high profile guest.

The pope is expected to arrive in Uganda on Friday, which has not been declared a public holiday


Police releases pope’s visit traffic out flow

Uganda police says there will be no parking for general public and only vehicles bearing stickers allowed access to VIP parks at both the catholic and protestant shrines at Namungongo during Pope Francis’ visit this weekend. While releasing traffic out flow to Namungongo, Kololo and other parts of Kampala the Pope will be visiting, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said private vehicles, taxis and motor bikes will not be allowed beyond Kireka Trading center while buses will only be allowed to drop pilgrims to kyaliwajara.

Final touches are being made at Namungongo Martyrs shrine ahead of the Holy father’s visit. The team leader for the construction at the protestant shrine, RT,Arch Bishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo says however that more funding is needed for work to continue even after the Pope’s visit.

Program for the pope’s visit released

Government has released the program for Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda this month. The Pope will arrive in the country Friday afternoon the 27th November, and will proceed to State House for a meeting with his host President Yoweri Museveni, before proceeding to Kampala.  Later in the evening the Holy Father will meet Catechists and teachers at Munyonyo.

The minister for General Duties Tarsis Kabwegyere says on Saturday the 28th, Pope Francis will  head to Nakiyanja Anglican Martyrs shrine  where he will conduct a short meditation prayer in the morning and later proceed to  Namugongo Catholic  Shrine where he will conduct  Holy Mass starting at 9:30.

According to the Program in the afternoon the Pope is scheduled to meet the Youth at Kololo Airstrip, and later visit Nalukolongo Mapeera Bakateeyamba’s Home to meet the sick and handicapped. On the same day the Pope will meet Bishops at the Archbishop’s resident in Lubaga and also meet the clergy at Rubaga Cathedral. The Pope will leave Uganda on the 29th for his trip to Central African Republic.