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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.