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Confirmed: Pope Francis won't visit Uganda this year

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Pope Francis will not be coming to Uganda this year, the Office of the President has confirmed. The Roman Catholic Church, through President Museveni, had invited the Holy Father for the golden jubilee celebration of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). SECAM is an assembly of Africa bishops. 

Uganda Episcopal Conference secretary general Msgr John Kauta in a statement issued on Thursday said they have received confirmation from the Office of the President that Pope Francis will not be visiting Uganda as earlier anticipated.  

"In 2018, the Uganda Episcopal Conference on behalf of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) requested His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to invite His Holiness Pope Francis for the climax of the Golden Jubilee of SECAM scheduled for July 2019," Msgr Kauta said in a press statement. 

He added; "The Office of the President of Uganda has officially communicated to the Ugandan Episcopal Conference that the Holy Father will not be able to attend the symposium." 

Kauta said SECAM celebration will proceed as planned and over 400 bishops from across the continent are expected to attend. The celebrations will be under the theme; "Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee. Proclaim Meet and Welcome Christ your Saviour. 

Expectations of Pope's visit were high given that he has two scheduled visits to Africa this year. He is expected to visit Morocco in March and Madagascar later.

The date for the Pope's visit to Madagascar has not yet been scheduled. It was expected that dates for his visit to Madagascar would be fixed around the date when he had been invited to Uganda.

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+1 #1 frogmanx 2019-02-23 13:15
Maybe he's busy dealing with all the pedophile priests that planning a trip to Uganda would hinder his objective... A new strategy to regain the Catholic Church influence needs to be devised because at the moment it's hard to tell who is God fearing and who the devil is.
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+1 #2 rubangakene 2019-02-23 20:57
What a shame the Pope isn't coming; some people had already sharpened their appetite for "eating big" from the visit.

Meanwhile we just have to 'make do' with our "little pork and marua" and pray that He changes His Mind!
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+2 #3 Jonss 2019-02-23 23:46
The guy has already been to Ug, a country that’s already tainted with corruption and religious intolerance.

He’s already fighting the scourge of sexual indiscipline in his Organization.

I think he’s got a lot going on and coming to Uganda would have been seen as an over-kill

I also believe that problems facing the Catholic Church in Europe will soon manifest themselves in Africa and Uganda will be at the epicentre.
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0 #4 Akot 2019-02-25 21:48
rubangakene, agreed, but,

Ugandans should read betweeen lines - the tribalistic system is held in place by Ugandans & not Museveni who only takes advantage of our tribalism!

Besides getting share of/controlling our land riches, the outside world will say nothing about how Museveni rules & now the Pope is turning away from Uganda too because of our tribalism, the reason Museveni has no opposition & there is no common opposition leadership against our common enemy!

UN-EU-USA & now the Pope is getting excuse not to come to Uganda, without saying the reason holding them back!

Yet, UN-EU ensure refugees in Uganda are taken care of & give millions of euros for them & the Pope & asks the world to help refugees everywhere they are!

Ugandans have, through the tribalistic system, locked themselves with Museveni & locked the outside world out at the same time!
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0 #5 Akot 2019-02-25 21:56
Quoting Jonss:
The guy has already been to Ug, a country that’s already tainted with corruption and religious intolerance.

He’s already fighting the scourge of sexual indiscipline in his Organization.

I think he’s got a lot going on and coming to Uganda would have been seen as an over-kill.

I also believe that problems facing the Catholic Church in Europe will soon manifest themselves in Africa and Uganda will be at the epicentre.


Thanks!

Ugandans MUST turn backs on tribalism, if they want help or be part of today world!

Ugandans MUST bring down the tribalistic system, especially as the country is majority catholic & protestant & God is not tribalist, not racist, not extremist...!
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0 #6 Akot 2019-02-25 22:08
frogmanx, agreed!

This is more so as priests are not forced to be what they are, but go to be so because they want to, even when their families are against their choice!

No one forces priests to sign for their call/respect conditions, so paedophiles must be handed over to police/justice as they abuse/destroy children, hide in church to commin inhumanity & abuse God too!

The Pope is finally saying NO to Ugandans' tribalism & so diplomatically & in Godly manner!

Why do Ugandans want to stay locked with Museveni till he drops dead, then what after?
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0 #7 Lakwena 2019-02-26 13:26
Thank God, Pope Francis is not a fool.

The Pontiff smelt a rat: the immorality of the regime in cahoot with greedy clergies, wanting to opportunistically take advantage of his second visit for the 2021 political expedience.

In other words, after realizing the violent disposition of the Great Leader, Mr. M7, it is moral abomination to continue shaking the same hand, caked black with the blood of innocent Ugandans like:

the late Yasin Kawuma and his namesake Francis Zaake of his country, who are still bleeding in Gulu Central Prison.

Immanuel Kant said that: the human person is an end in-itself (sacrosanct), and therefore must never become/used as means to anyone's end.
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