CANCELLATION OF POPE’S VISIT TO UGANDA EXPLAINED

By Juliet Lukwago

KAMPALA, March 24– Monsignor John Baptist Kauta, the secretary to the Uganda Episcopal Conference, has explained that Pope Francis has expressed gratitude for his invitation but regrets his failure to come to Uganda as originally planned because of his work schedule.

Kauta said at his office at the Catholic Secretariat here over the weekend that that the Pope wrote an official communication to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and to the Episcopal Conference Secretariat.

According to Kauta, the Pope said that he would be busy with the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral under the theme “Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” scheduled to be held in October in Rome.

The Episcopal Conference last week also postponed the national celebrations being organized to mark the Golden Jubilee of the 22 Uganda Martyrs since canonization. The occasion had been originally scheduled to be held in October this year, to coincide with the Pope’s Synod.

The Vice-Chairman of Episcopal Conference, Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, said the Uganda Martyrs sensitization programmes would continue to take place in dioceses, but depending on each diocese’s plans.

The prelate said that in his diocese, Kiyinda-Mityana, the Martyrs programmes were continuing with Christians paying pilgrimages to their sites.

Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito-Lwanga said that now that the celebrations for the Martyrs’ jubilee have been pushed to a future date, they would take advantage to continue with the deepening of the sensitization of the Martyrs known in Luganda as “ekikungo ky’Abajulizi”.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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