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Welcome by the Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference -His Grace John Baptist Odama

Welcome to the official website of the Catholic Church in Uganda. You will find on this website information about different dioceses in Uganda (parishes, religious communities, priests, institutions, etc.), the different commissions, institutions, and departments of the Catholic Secretariat, as well as important links to the Church universal and its organs. You can also read about the recent publications and press releases of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference is the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Uganda, constituted with the approval of the Holy See, through which bishops express their collegial responsibility through collective action, to assure the progress of the Church and coordination of its social and pastoral ministry. It is headed by a Chairman elected every four years. He is assisted by an Executive Board, also chosen every four years, composed of six Chairmen of various Commissions.The Episcopal Conference of Uganda was founded in 1960.

On 11th June,2010, during their Annual Plenary, members of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, elected His Grace Rev. John Baptist Odama [above] and Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa [below] as new Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively.

 

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REV. MSGR. ACQUIRINO FRANCIS KIBIRA
[Bishop Elect of Kasese]

CURRICULUM VITAE

On 15th April,2014, Pope Francis appoints Rev. Msgr. Acquirino Francis Kibira, of the Diocese of Fort Portal and Rector of St. Paul’s National Major Seminary Kinyamasika, as the new Bishop of Kasese. The Holy Father has accepted the retirement of His Lordship Rt. Rev. Egidio Nkaijanabwo, upon having reached the age limit.

Date of Birth: 16th April 1958
Place of Birth: Kigoto-Bulyansungwe, Kamwenge
Prieslty Ordination: 23 September 1984
Foreign languages spoken: English, Italian, German

Studies:

Primary School in Bulyansungwe;
1972-1976: Secondary school at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Fort Portal;
1977-1980: Philosophical Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary;
1981-1984: Theological studies at St. Mary’s National Major Seminary Ggaba;
1987-1991: Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures at Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome;
1991: Hebrew language course at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Assignments:

1984-1985: Curate at Bukwali Parish, Fort Portal;
1985-1987: Professor at Katigondo National Major Seminary;
1991-1992: Curate at St. Charles Lwanga Parish, Fort Portal;
1991-1995: In charge of the permanent formation of clergy of Fort Portal;
1992-1995: Professor and Dean of Studies at St. Paul’s National Major Seminary, Kinyamasika
1995-2014: Rector of ST. Paul’s National Major Seminary, Kinyamasika.

Electronic News Bulletin for the month of October 2013

We are glad to inform you that in order to improve information flow and news sharing in the Catholic Church in Uganda, the Social Communications Commission of Uganda Episcopal Conference has established an electronic news bulletin called New Contact. Please feel free to DOWNLOAD your copy today send copies of this publication to any body who may be interested.

September 2013 Download
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November 2013 Download

 

 

REV. Fr. Damiano Giulio Guzzetti, MCCJ


On 20 February 2014, Pope Francis appoints REV. Fr. Damiano Giulio Guzzetti, MCCJ, an Italian Comboni missionary, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Moroto. The Holy Father has accepted the retirement of his lordship Rt. Rev. Henry Ssentongo.

Fr. Guzzetti has been a missionary for many years in the Diocese of Moroto and speaks frequently Ngakarimojong.

Date of Birth 15 Luglio1959
Place of Birth Turate, Lombardy, Italy
Priestly ordination 23 September 1989
Languages spoken Italian, English, Ngakarimojong

 

Studies
• 1983-1985: Novitiate in venegono Italy
• 1985-1986: Studies in English in Dublin Ireland
• 1986-1988 Theological studies at St. Mary National major seminary Ggaba, Kampala Uganda.
• 1988-1989: theological studies in Taganza College, Nairobi, Kenya.

Assignments
1989-1994: In charge of missionary animation and vocational promotion of the Camborne Missionaries Italy.

1994-2009: Curate in Namalu parish and later on parish and later on Parish priest of Matany parish in the diocese of Moroto

1999-2002: member of the provincial council of the Comboni missionaries in Uganda

2009-2013: Formatter of Postulant House of formation of Comboni Missionaries in Uganda

2009-2013: Treasurer and professor of Queen of Apostles philosophy central Jinja Uganda

2013-2014: Treasurer of Comboni Missionaries community in Venegono Italy

 


His Lordship Emmanuel Obbo appointed


The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Denis Kiwanuka of Tororo, and appointed His Lordship Emmanuel Obbo (who has been the bishop of Soroti) to become the new Archbishop of Tororo.
Bishop Obbo also remains the Apostolic Administrator of Soroti until further notice.

The installation of the new Archbishop of Tororo will take place in March at Uganda Martyrs Cathedral - Nyangole, in Tororo.
We thank Archbishop Kiwanuka for shepherding God's flock in Tororo and we welcome Bishop Obbo.

 


Great Gathering of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family International Conference to be held in Uganda from 30th June to 12th July 2014


The International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) in collaboration with the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) herewith announce:
Great Gathering of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family, a prophetic spiritual Event and celebration as part of the journey towards the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Golden Jubilee 2017. The event will be held in Uganda from 30th June to 12th July, 2014, bringing together delegates from all the five continents of the world to Africa for the first time, to pray to the Lord for a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Renewal and the Church worldwide; and to seek what the Spirit is saying to Renewal Worldwide with the theme. "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit".
The Event will include the following activities:

1. An International Leaders Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 30th June to 4th July 2014.

2. A pilgrimage to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Munyonyo and Namugongo on 5th July 2014.

3. Service to the poor, a tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park and a spiritual Public Rally in Mbarara Archdiocese from 6th to 12th July (Optional)

We will have a special workshop for the Youth Leaders in CCR and a special track for priests.

 

 


Pope Francis pays tribute to Nelson Mandela


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela expressing his hope that the late President's example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.

The Pope's words came in a telegramme of condolences that he sent to the South African President, Jacob Zuma.

Please find below the full text of the telegramme:

It was with sadness that I learned of the death of former President Nelson Mandela, and I send prayerful condolences to all the Mandela family, to the members of the Government and to all the people of South Africa. In commending the soul of the deceased to the infinite mercy of Almighty God, I ask the Lord to console and strengthen all who mourn his loss. Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations. With these sentiments, I invoke upon all the people of South Africa divine gifts of peace and prosperity.

FRANCISCUS PP.

 


MALAWI: The Holy Father Appoints a New Bishop for Mangochi Diocese


Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima, the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima, hitherto Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre, to be the ordinary of Mangochi Diocese.

Rt. Rev. Stima will be taking over from Rt. Rev. Alessandro Pagani whose resignation the Holy Father has accepted in accordance to Canon Law Can. 401 paragraph two.

The Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima, is currently the Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Blantyre where he will remain in charge of the Archdiocese until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa takes possession of the Archdiocese of Blantyre.

Rt. Rev. Montfort Stima hails from Khomera Village, TA Dambe, Mwanza, Neno. He was born on 27th December 1957; ordained a priest on 3rd August 1986 at Limbe Cathedral; appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Blantyre on 24 January 2010.

 

 


17th ICASA CONFERENCE 2013.THE BIGGEST AIDS CONFERENCE IN AFRICA.10 000 DELEGATES EXPECTED FROM THE COMMUNITY VILLAGE


The Conference theme “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero” is derived from the UNAIDS’ vision of
striving for “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”, but it also highlights the need to “now more than ever” maintain the commitment to ensure access to treatment for everyone in Africa irrespective of their ability to pay for such treatment. The hosting of this Conference in South Africa is highly symbolic as it was in South Africa during the XIIIth International AIDS in 2000 that a turning point was reached in breaking the silence around AIDS in Africa, which resulted in an unprecedented commitment by donors, government and civil society to increase access to treatment in an attempt to turn the tide of this epidemic.

The 17th ICASA is an opportunity to renew this global commitment by drawing the world’s attention to the fact that the legacy is now under threat as a result of the global economic downturn. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa. Given the urgency of the issue we are anticipating 7 000 -10 000 of the world’s leading scientists,policy makers, activists, PLHIV, government leaders – as well as a number of heads of state and civil society representatives – will be joining the debate on how to achieve this vision.

The conference will be chaired by Professor Robert Soudre, the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and co-chaired by Professor Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to promote inter-sectoral achievements in the AIDS response and to strengthen the partnership among governments, civil society, and development partners.

The objectives of ICASA 2013 are to:

• Serve as an advocacy platform to mobilise African leaders, partners and the community to
increase ownership, commitment and support to the AIDS response.
• Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, skills and best practices in Africa and from around
the globe.
• Mobilise support to scale up evidence-based responses to HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted
infections, tuberculosis and Malaria in order to achieve the millennium development goals.
• Act as platform to hold accountable all stakeholders to scale up and sustain the AIDS response.
• Create opportunities to define priorities and set policy and programme agendas to enhance
mobilisation and effective utilisation of resources.

 


Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium:


 

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”. The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.

The Joy of the Gospel is the title Pope Francis has chosen for this first major document of his pontificate, putting down in print the joyous spirit of encounter with Christ that characterizes every public appearance he has made so far. The man who has constantly kept the media’s attention with his desire to embrace and share his faith with everyone he meets, now urges us to do exactly the same. To “recover the original freshness of the Gospel”, as he puts it, through a thorough renewal of the Church’s structures and vision. Including what he calls “a conversion of the papacy” to make it better able to serve the mission of evangelization in the modern world. The Church, he says, should not be afraid to re-examine “customs not directly connected to the heart of the Gospel” even if they may have deep historical roots.


In strikingly direct and personal language, the Pope appeals to all Christians to bring about a “revolution of tenderness” by opening their hearts each day to God’s unfailing love and forgiveness. The great danger in today’s consumer society, he says, is “the desolation and anguish” that comes from a “covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.” Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests , he warns, “there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.”


As we open our hearts, the Pope goes on, so the doors of our churches must always be open and the sacraments available to all. The Eucharist, he says pointedly, “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” And he repeats his ideal of a Church that is “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets” rather than a Church that is caught up in a slavish preoccupation with liturgy and doctrine, procedure and prestige. “God save us,” he exclaims, “from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!” Urging a greater role for the laity, the Pope warns of “excessive clericalism” and calls for “a more incisive female presence in the Church”, especially “where important decisions are made.”


Looking beyond the Church, Pope Francis denounces the current economic system as “unjust at its root”, based on a tyranny of the marketplace, in which financial speculation, widespread corruption and tax evasion reign supreme. He also denounces attacks on religious freedom and new persecutions directed against Christians. Noting that secularization has eroded ethical values, producing a sense of disorientation and superficiality, the Pope highlights the importance of marriage and stable family relationships.


Returning to his vision of a Church that is poor and for the poor, the Pope urges us to pay particular attention to those on the margins of society, including the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly, migrants, victims of trafficking and unborn children. While it is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life, he says, it’s also true that “we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish.”


Finally the new papal document also focuses on the themes of promoting peace, justice and fraternity, through patient and respectful dialogue with all people of all faiths and none. Better relations with other Christians, with Jews and with Muslims are all seen as indispensable ways of promoting peace and combatting fundamentalism. While urging Christians to “avoid hateful generalisations” about Islam, the Pope also calls “humbly” on Islamic countries to guarantee full religious freedom to Christians”

The full text of the new Apostolic Exhortation can be downloaded here or found on the Vatican website, while the main points are outlined in the synopsis below:

 

 


This is to officially inform you that SECAM has new Officers as stated below


SECAM’s 16th Plenary Assembly concluded with the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa. SECAM’s Organizing Committee thanked the Government of the DR Congo for all the support in preparations of the plenary.

The bishops elected as new office bearers for SECAM include:

President: H.G. Archbishop Gabriel MBILINGI, Archbishop of Lubango, Angola.
1st Vice President: H.L. Bishop Louis PORTELLA-Marie, Bishop of Kinkala, Congo-Brazzaville.
2nd Vice President: H.G. Archbishop Gabriel ANOKYE, Archbishop of Kumasi, Ghana.

Other new office bearers include:

General Secretary: Rev. Fr. Joseph KOMAKOMA, Zambia.
Deputy Secretary General: Fr. Samuel de Jesus PAQUETE, Angola.
Meanwhile, a three-year mandate for the Director of BICAM, Fr. Yves-Lucien EVAGA NDJANA from Cameroon was confirmed and that of SECAM’s Director of Communications, Mr. Benedict ASSOROW, from Ghana renewed.

 


Pope Francis announces Krakow in Poland


 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis announces Krakow in Poland as the host for the next World Youth
DaY in 2016. 


 

 

 

Mission

  • To promote Integral Human Development in the Whole world Inspired by the Gospel Values (LK.4:18ff).