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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Address to the Diplomatic Corps, the UBC and other invited guests at the reception on the occasion of the election of His Holiness, Pope Francis
Your Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Emeritus Archbishop of Kampala, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, all protocol observed.
Your Excellency, Mr. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, Vice-President of Uganda. Thank you very much for your presence. This is a great honor for all of here. Kindly convey to His Excellency, Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, the profound appreciation of the Holy See, of the diplomatic missions present here, and of all those who share this evening with us, for his closeness to us in your person.
I was happy to be able to meet many of you individually this evening as you arrived. Being able to greet my colleagues in the Diplomatic Corps is also a special moment related to the universal mission of Pope Francis, for in you I have the honor of meeting people from so many countries and recognizing in you the joys, the concerns and the expectations of the countries and the citizens whom you represent as well as your good will towards the people of Uganda.
2013 Uganda Martrys day Videos
Welcoming His Excellency Most Rev. Michael A. Blume, S.V.D. the new Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda.
The new Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume arrived in the country to take on his job.
He was appointed by the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI before he resigned as the head of the Catholic Church last February. The new Nuncio, was on Tuesday 2nd April, 2013 received at Entebbe International Airport by a powerful delegation from the Catholic Church which included: the Chairman of the Episcopal Conference - Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, the Archbishop of Kampala - Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Msgr Edward Karaan -Secretary to the Nunciature [who has been acting Nuncio since Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam left the country].
"HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM." . "We have Pope Francis.".
Was the announcement given in Latin by the Cardinal Protodeacon, the senior Cardinal Deacon, upon the election of a new Roman Catholic pope from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. After the announcement, the new pope was presented to the people and he gave his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.
The Now Pope Francis [Jorge Mario Bergoglio] was born on 17 December 1936. He is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.
THE COAT OF ARMS OF POPE FRANCIS
On the lower left hand side is a five-point star, which along with the blue background, symbolizes the Virgin Mary. On the right hand side, is a grape vine symbolizing Jesus as the grower of the Faith.
PRESS RELEASE:The Archdiocese of Mbarara to lead Uganda Martyrs Celebrations 2013 at Namugongo.
The Archdiocese of Mbarara has been chosen to lead Uganda Martyrs Celebrations 2013 at Namugongo. The theme for the celebration is “I do not call you servants but friends” Jn 15:15. The Archdiocese of Mbarara last led the celebrations at Namugongo in 1992. The Overall Coordinator for the preparations is the Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator Rev. Fr. Leo Tinkatumire (PHD).Read More