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Pope Francis left Manila this Monday morning, after a weeklong trip to Asia which took him to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos lined the streets of Manila to catch a final glimpse of the Holy Father as he went to the airport.

Pope Francis drew over 6 million to his final Mass in Manila’s Luneta Park on Sunday, the largest crowd for a Papal event in history.

At a press conference after the Pope’s departure, the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said everyone in the Philippines was “overwhelmed right now with thanksgiving and gratitude to God” for the trip, and were “challenged” by Pope Francis to face problems such as inequality in the country.

We wish His Grace the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga a happy Birthday today. He was born on 19th January, 1953 at Kyabakadde, Mukono District, in Naggalama parish of the Diocese of Lugazi, in Uganda and marks 62 years today.
He is the Current Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, since 30 September 2006.
He was ordained a priest on 8th April 1978 at Lubaga Cathedral by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga.

Appointed first Bishop of Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 16 November 1996 and ordained Bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero. Appointed the third Archbishop of Kampala on 19 August 2006 and installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Lubaga Cathedral, succeeding His Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who retired

As 2014 came to a close, many had to look back to the finished and unfinished business as per the resolutions. However, those who reasoned to have 2014 end in the Church had no reason to despair even when what was planned was not fulfilled. Starting the year 2015 with the family of the Church and forecasting to end 2015 in style was comforting enough.

At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the Synod Fathers have released the following Message:

III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

MESSAGE

We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary

General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.

Each of us, pastors of the Church, grew up in a family, and we come from a great variety of backgrounds and experiences. As priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and shown us the saga of their joys and their difficulties.

The cross which is alo known as Jesus of Mbuya was yesterday officially Inaugurated and blessed by his Grace archbishop Michael August Blume.

Speaking during his homily to thousands of Christians, the Archbishop termed the occasion as a missionary activity and quoted St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians which says “I vowed to know nothing but Christ and Christ Crucified.” And said that the cross is an essential part of announcing the Gospel for if you try to announce the Gospel without the cross, the Gospel dies and so does the church and urged Christians to commit themselves to that living truth for there is no mission without the cross.

Pope Francis has assured us catholics and Christians that we are not orphaned for the church is our mother. He said this while speaking to tens of thousands gathered in the St. Peters’s square for the weekly General Audience to here the Matrenal nature of the church.

He called her “a mother” who gives us “life in Christ,” and reminded the faithful she will never leave them “orphaned.”

Pope Francis on Wednesday said that in a Christian community division is one of the worst sins because it comes not from God. He made the comment during weekly General Audience on Wednesday in St Peter’s Square.

The importance of unity was at the heart of Pope Francis’ catechesis at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, telling the estimated ten thousand pilgrims and tourists present in St Peter’s Square that “ while we, the members of the Church, are sinners, the unity and holiness of the Church arise from God and call us daily to conversion.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced the theme selected by Pope Francis for the upcoming World Day of Peace.  The theme, “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” will be the title of the Message for the 48th World Day of Peace, celebrated on 1 January 2015.  It will mark the second time Pope Francis celebrates the Day of Peace since he has risen to the papacy.

A note from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace provides details about why the theme is relevant today: 

Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. In fact, this social plague remains all too real in today’s world.  Last year’s Message for 1 January 2014 was dedicated to brotherhood: “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace”. Being children of God gives all human beings equal dignity as brothers and sisters.

Our parish is always blessed with visitors. We introduce to you Fr. John Webootsa, a Comboni missionary who is also the only Catholic priest with a noble peace price from Africa. He prayed with us on Sunday during the eleven o’clock mass and was introduced to the Christians by Father Paulino Twesigye Mondo.

In father Paulino’s introduction, he told us that they had worked together in the year 2012 in the slums of Nairobi bringing peace and sustainable development in the area where they had lived for over 10 years.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.

Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, told the synod that "to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope. Like all adventures, it carries dangers ... uncertainties and for success will require integrity and courage.

One of those uncertainties is its impact on the search for Christian unity. The Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches teach that since Jesus chose only men as his apostles; only men can be ordained priests and bishops.

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Welcome to Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya. We are located near Bugolobi Township in Nakawa Division. It is about 5 kms from the City Centre of Kampala. Mbuya Catholic Parish is a vibrant and diverse community made up of people from different parts of Uganda. We welcome you warmly and joyfully.

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