Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Uganda, venue for the annual celebration of Martyrs Day. / Uganda Episcopal Conference

Bishops in Uganda “postpone” Uganda Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage over COVID-19 Restrictions

May 1, 2020

Bishops in the East African nation of Uganda have postponed indefinitely the celebrations of the Martyrs’ Day that had been scheduled for May 29 and June 3 due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the government including public gatherings.

Archbishop-elect Lambert Bainomugisha, appointed as the new Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese in Uganda on April 25, 2020

Ugandan Auxiliary Bishop Appointed Archbishop

Apr 25, 2020

The Auxiliary Bishop of Uganda’s Mbarara Archdiocese, Lambert Bainomugisha has been appointed Archbishop of the same See where his predecessor has reached the canonical age limit.

Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe of the Religious Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, nominee for the 2020 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Ugandan Nun Eyes Coveted Global Teacher Prize for Transforming Ex-Rebels’ Lives

Mar 25, 2020

Some day in 1986 when the Lord’s Resistance Army, an infamous rebel group that terrorized people in the northern parts of Uganda, was at the height of their activities in the East African landlocked nation, a young Catholic nun who had just professed as a religious felt hopeless at the sight of the torture that people underwent at the hands of the rebels.  

Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi, Kenya

"Churches will remain open" for Public Mass Celebrations, Bishops in Kenya, Uganda Direct

Mar 20, 2020

Church leaders in Kenya and Uganda have, in separate statements issued Thursday, March 19, announced that Churches will remain open in the two East African countries for public Mass, a move that has attracted both praise and condemnation from the faithful as governments take a raft of measures to contain possible spread of COVID-19.

Irene Kyamummi, 2020 Harambee Prize winner in a past interview in Kampala, Uganda. / Harambee Africa International

Ugandan Medic Clinches Prestigious 2020 Award of a Rome-based Institution

Mar 4, 2020

Irene Kyamummi, a Ugandan doctor who has had a career stint in neighboring Kenya is the winner of “the XI Harambee Prize 2020” for her selflessness in promoting health standards among vulnerable groups in the two East African countries, an official of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based association that is giving the prize, told ACI Africa Wednesday, March 3.

Former Kampala Archbishop Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala (L) with long time friend, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (r) during the February 29 launch of the memorial museum. / Smart24TV

Newly Inaugurated Memorial Museum in Uganda Sheds Light into the Life of Retired Cardinal

Mar 3, 2020

A newly-launched memorial museum in Uganda’s Masaka Diocese will chronicle the life and times of the Archbishop Emeritus of Kampala, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, and offer the faithful an opportunity for reflection, a Prelate in the East African nation has said.

Coronavirus disease 2019, dubbed COVID-19

Prelates in East Africa Express Caution about Coronavirus in Africa

Feb 29, 2020

With the rising concerns of an imminent spread of COVID-19 against the backdrop of the first case in Africa reported in Nigeria, Bishops in the East African countries of Kenya and Uganda have, in independent messages and contexts, expressed their concerns about the virus and called on relevant government agencies to take special health measures.

A plaque containing the names of the 22 Uganda Martyrs honored on June 3. In addition to these, two more, Blessed Jildo Irwa and Blessed Daudi Okello, beatified in 2002 are honored on October 20

“National re-awakening of devotion to Uganda Martyrs” Underway for June 3 Annual Event

Feb 29, 2020

Uganda’s diocese of Masaka has, in a press statement, provided updates about preparations for this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day celebration, highlighting activities around fostering devotion to the Catholic martyrs of the East African country, honoring the martyrs with the symbolic gesture of planting trees, explaining the theme and logo of the annual event, among other planned activities.

Worshippers during a past event at Namugongo shrine in uganda

Christian Leaders in Uganda Call for Prayers Ahead of 2021 General Elections

Feb 25, 2020

A call for unity, peace and consistent prayers was the major highlight of this year’s national prayer day that was celebrated at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo Sunday, February 23.

The newly ordained Bishop of South Africa's Aliwal North Diocese, Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Kizito, blessing the people of God who witnessed his Episcopal ordination at Sauer Park Stadium, Aliwal North on February 15, 2020. / Fr. Paul Tatu/The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

Correct “erroneous ways of worship” in South Africa, Uganda-born Bishop Told at Ordination

Feb 17, 2020

At the Episcopal ordination of the Ugandan-born Monsignor Joseph Kizito, as Bishop of South Africa’s diocese of Aliwal North Saturday, February 15, being attentive to “erroneous ways of worship” in modern-day South Africa was a key highlight, the newly ordained Bishop advised to seek ways to address “weak worship” in his new Ecclesiastical territory.

Participants at the ongoing training in Uganda / Christine Mbugi

“We are required to account for resources we receive”: Ugandan Bishop at AMECEA Training

Feb 17, 2020

At an ongoing training spearheaded by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa focusing on self-reliance and sustainability in various Church institutions in the East African nation of Uganda, a Bishop has underscored the need for stewardship, calling on the beneficiaries, most of them clergy, to be accountable for the resources of the Church.

Group photo of National Conferences and AMECEA Secretariat staff of Promotion of Integral Human Development and Social Communications departments, with Bishop Moses Hamungole (Front row centre). / AMECEA secretariat/ Facebook

“Maintain optimism, try new ways of doing things”: Zambian Prelate to Conferences’ Staff

Feb 15, 2020

At a meeting bringing together a section of Church personnel serving in Bishops’ conferences that constitute the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), a Zambian Prelate has called for the sense of novelty and creativity in the day to day tasks characterized with “inevitable challenges.”

Logo Uganda Catholic Television (UCTV)

First-ever Catholic Television in Uganda Testing Its “free-to-air” Transmission

Feb 14, 2020

After two years of engaging the Catholic community in fundraising toward the establishment of the first-ever Catholic television in the East African nation of Uganda, the Bishops have announced inaugural broadcasts, the free-to-air channel transmitting its signal within a 60km-radius in the area covering the country’s capital, Kampala.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) with the Late Former President Daniel arap Moi (Right)

African Leaders Say Kenya’s late President was Peace-loving, Reconciling, a Pan-Africanist

Feb 13, 2020

At the national Memorial Service of Kenya’s longest serving President who hosted three papal visits, various African leaders who crossed their respective borders to join citizens of the East African country in mourning their former Head of State paid glowing tributes to Daniel arap Moi, expressing their memories of a political leader described as peace-loving, a statesman, and a Pan Africanist who played a significant role in promoting the good of the African continent.

A Poster announcing the Postponement of the Youth Chastity Conference 2020. / CUEA

Previously Planned Youth Conference Meant to Address “homosexual orientations” Postponed

Feb 6, 2020

The Youth Chastity Conference (YCC) that had been slated to take place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Saturday, February 8, with participants expected to deliberate on “homosexual orientations” has been called off indefinitely.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga  of Kampala, Uganda.

“It is forbidden to distribute, receive Holy Communion in the hands”: Ugandan Archbishop

Feb 4, 2020

In what could be considered a controversial move, the Archbishop of Kampala in Uganda, has issued a decree forbidding the reception of Holy Communion in the hand in order to promote reverence for the Eucharist and to stop “abuses.

Bishop Serverus Jjumba of Uganda's Masaka Diocese during an interview with ACI Africa Correspondent on January 21, 2020. / Robert Nsubuga, Uganda

Bishop in Uganda Bans Use of “dangerous plastic bags” to Wrap Church Offertories

Jan 27, 2020

The directive by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda that his country’s security agencies enforce the ban on the use of polythene bags into the second year, a Bishop in the East African country has banned the use of plastic bags, popularly known as “kaveera” in wrapping Church offertories, advocating for the use of decomposable materials that are friendly to the environment. 

Participants at the just ended Jesuit conference for Africa and Madagascar in Nairobi. / Jesuits conference of Africa and Madagascar

Uganda Most Hospitable for Refugees, Hosts Most Displaced in the Region: Jesuits’ Report

Jan 24, 2020

The East African nation of Uganda is the most welcoming and hospitable country in the region for vulnerable refugees and immigrants seeking sanctuary from neighboring countries, members of the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Africa and Madagascar have confirmed at their three-day Conference held in Nairobi that concluded Wednesday, January 22. The conference also revealed that Uganda hosts the greatest number of displaced people including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and asylum seekers. 

Members of the Standing Committee of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC)

Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda Bishops Reaffirm Commitment “to be witnesses, artisans of peace”

Jan 21, 2020

The Bishops at the helm of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) that brings together heads of dioceses in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda have, in their Ordinary session, reaffirmed their commitment to working for peace in their region faced with insecurity and political instability.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

Uganda’s President Cautions Youth at Catholic Conference against Sex, Alcohol

Dec 20, 2019

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned youth drawn from various faith groups at a Catholic conference in the landlocked East African country against indulging in sex before marriage and to avoid the consumption of alcohol for such behaviors affect one’s life span and productivity.