National
Pope postpones visit to Uganda
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2014
Pope postpones visit to Uganda
Pope Francis said he cannot make it to Uganda this year due to prior commitments. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Juliet Lukwago   

The Catholic Church in Uganda has delayed celebrations for canonization of Uganda Martyrs earlier scheduled to take place on October 18 after Pope Francis announced delay of his visit to Uganda.

The chairperson of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Archbishop John Baptist Odama made this clear in in a notice to Christians on Friday.

He said: “… on September 21, 2013, we sent an invitation through Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga to his Holiness the Pope Francis to visit Uganda and preside over the Golden Jubilee celebration of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs scheduled for October, 18, 214.”

The pope was grateful for the invite but will not be able to make it happen, said Odama.

“The Holy Father did receive our invitation and was very grateful. However due to prior commitments, he is unable to visit Uganda this year,” read the communication.

“We have, therefore, decided to postpone the national celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the canonization of our Martyrs until further notice. We hope and pray that the Pope’s schedule allows him to visit us in the near future.”

The annual June 3 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations will go on as planned, the vice-chairperson of the Episcopal Conference, Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa said.


The invitation to the pope was sent through Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (C). PHOTO/Juliet Lukwago

The Catholic and the Anglican church in Uganda celebrate Martyrs Day every year in honour of converts killed on orders of Kabaka Mwanga II for refusing to renounce their faith.

They were beatified on June 6, 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, and on October 18 1964, in the presence of bishops from all over the world who had gathered in Rome for the Second Vatican Council, were canonized by Pope Paul VI.

The martyrs were Charles Lwanga, Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe, Matthias Kalemba, Luke Banabakintu, Noe Mawagali, Andrew Kaggwa, James Buzabaliawo, Pontian Ngondwe, Bruno Serunkuma, Anatole Kirigwajjo, Athanasius Bazzekuketta, Adolphus Mukasa Ludigo, Gonzaga-Gonza, Achilles Kiwanuka.

Others included Ambrose Kibuuka, Mukasa Kiriwawanvu, Mbaga Tuzinde, Gyaviira Musoke, Mugaga Lubowa, Kizito, Denis Ssebuggwawo and Jean-Marie Muzeeyi.

The two Blessed Catechist of Paimol, Daudi Okello and Gildo Irwa were beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 20, 2002.

The martyrs are honored for their heroism in professing their faith and they have an intercessional role.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Maria Kiwanuka advises on gender equity financing
Special Presidential advisor on finance Maria Kiwanuka has expressed concern that women in the country are nowhere near to attaining gender equity and economic development since the declaration of the Beijing conference in 1995 due to limited financing...
Govt revenue increases with land computerisation
Computerisation is the solution to bottle necks in land management, the Minister of lands, housing and urban development, Daudi Migereko, has said...
Tourism gets single voice
To safeguard the fragile tourism industry, there is need for a coordinated response to health and terrorism threats that have led to cancellation of bookings in the recent past...
Zziwa asks church, State to promote girl- child education
The former speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has asked the Church and state in Uganda to work together to protect and promote the girl-child...
Finance to release money for new fiscal year this week
The finance ministry is to ensure that money for the 2015/16 financial is released to the different government spending agencies before the end of this week....
U.S commends Uganda on protection of refugees
The United States Government has given a complimentary account of protection of refugees in Uganda, in its annual human rights report....
With Eddie Kenzo’s win at the BET awards, is Ugandan music being recognized worldwide?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter