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Theme: Blessed are those who believe

For those without the gift of faith, the rich scriptural traditions that surround the season of Advent and the feast of Christmas look like simply time-worn stories that have little impact on real life. For the unbelieving, Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem may be no more meaningful than the stories of Frosty the Snowman. His birth at Bethlehem would be of little consequence. It was just a little village about nine miles from Jerusalem where pilgrims could buy animals to offer as sacrifices in the temple. Bethlehem was a place where shepherds could make a decent living. Aside from that, Jesus’ hometown had little else to earn it a place on the map. For those led by doubts, Elizabeth was no more than an older lady whose unexpected maternity surprised and shocked her husband and relatives. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth was simply a matter of a younger woman reaching out to care for an older relative. The leaping of Elizabeth’s child would have little significance for those without faith.

Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Vincent KIRABO, Professor at St. Mary’s Major Seminary in Ggaba, as the new Bishop of Hoima.

The appointment comes in just a day after the Holy father left Uganda for the Central African republic in his five day Visit of Africa.

Bishop-elect Kirabo was born on October 1st, 1955. After primary school in Kahunde and secondary school at St. John Bosco Minor Seminary, Hoima, he began philosophical studies at the Uganda Martyrs’ National Major Seminary Aloculum in Gulu. After having completed theological studies at St. Mary’s National Seminary in Ggaba, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Hoima on 9th September 1979.

Pope Francis yesterday addressed diplomats and leading figures from Uganda society and encouraged them to “ensure good and transparent governance, integral human development and a wide and just distribution” of Africa’s goods. Referring to Uganda’s famous martyrs, the Pope said they were a reminder of “the importance that faith, moral rectitude and commitment to the common good have played and continue to play” in the life of the nation. In his address, Pope Francis praised Uganda’s “outstanding concern” for welcoming refugees and said how we deal with them “is a test of our humanity.”

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ remarks to diplomats and the Ugandan authorities delivered at the State House of Entebbe:

Pope Francis on Friday met catechists and teachers at the Munyonyo shrine situated some 40 kilometres south of the Uganda capital, Kampala. In his brief address to the gathering, he encouraged them to persevere in their “rewarding” but “not easy” work and be not just teachers but also "a witness" through their example.

Please find below an English translation of the Pope’s prepared remarks to the catechists and teachers:

Pope Francis has just celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the National Sanctuary of the Ugandan Martyrs at Namugongo. The Shrine commemorates the martyrdom of 22 young Catholic converts during an anti-Christian persecution that took place under Mwanga II, the king of Buganda.

Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared homily for the Holy Mass at the Sanctuary of the Ugandan Martyrs at Namugongo:

At the beginning of the Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Uganda, Pope Francis was greeted by the Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprien Kizito Lwanga.

Below please find the full text of Archbishop Lwanga’s remarks:

Your Holiness we welcome you with joy and gratitude to Uganda, to Africa and to Namugongo Martyrs shrine.

In the first place, I thank God for your blessed presence here with us. I greet you on behalf of all the pilgrims present here today on this historical occasion when we crown the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs which took place on 18th October 1964.

Pope Francis has just visited a home for the sick, the disabled and down-and-outs run by the Good Samaritan sisters. Before greeting residents and staff at the centre, the Pope visited the tomb of the first Ugandan Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga who founded the home in 1978 and was renowned for his outspoken condemnation of human rights violations during the reign of former dictator Idi Amin.

In his brief address, Pope Francis appealed to all parishes and communities in Africa not to forget the poor but “to go out to the peripheries of society” to find Christ in the suffering and those in need. “How sad it is”, he said, “when our societies allow the elderly to be rejected or neglected” or when the young are exploited by the modern-day slavery of human trafficking.   

Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ address to residents of the House of Charity in Nalukolongo, Kampala on Saturday 28th November 2015

Pope Francis on Friday morning visited Kangemi slum in Nairobi and was welcomed with cheers by the residents there. During a speech he called for adequate and dignified housing and basic but vital services, especially for the most marginalized.

See below the Pope's address

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Visit to Kangemi

Friday, 27 November 2015

Thank you for welcoming me to your neighbourhood.  I thank Archbishop Kivuva and Father Pascal for their kind words.  I feel very much at home sharing these moments with brothers and sisters who, and I am not ashamed to say this, have a special place in my life and my decisions.  I am here because I want you to know that your joys and hopes, your troubles and your sorrows, are not indifferent to me.  I realize the difficulties which you experience daily!  How can I not denounce the injustices which you suffer?

Pope Francis met with young people at the  Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Friday morning where is addressed issues including corruption and tribalism

Below find a section for the Pope's words to youth at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. 

Thank you very much for the Rosaries you brought for me, thank you for your presence, your enthusiastic presence here. Thank you Lynette and thank you Manuel.

I ask myself something on the basis of all the questions that were asked by Lynette and Manuel. Why do divisions, wars and deaths occur? Fanatism, and divisions among young people? Why is there that desire to destroy?

Pope Francis praised the Ugandan people for showing “outstanding concern” for refugees in a time when our world is witnessing an unprecedented movement of people fleeing violence and injustice.

“Here in East Africa, Uganda has shown outstanding concern for welcoming refugees, enabling them to rebuild their lives in security and to sense the dignity which comes from earning one’s livelihood through honest labor,” he told members of Uganda’s diplomatic corps at the State House in Entebbe Nov. 27. 

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About Our Church

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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