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A great musician who put his talents at the service of his Africa.  The world of music, and not only, weeps for the premature departure of Papa Wemba, African musical icon, defined as the “King of Congolese Rumba.”  The artist died last Sunday at 66 years of age, right while he was taking part in a cultural event in Ivory Coast.  Committed Christian, Papa Wemba transformed into music the message that Benedict XVI wanted to offer to Africa in the continental Synod.

Here is the interview with Fr. Federico Lombardi conducted by Fr. Jean Pierre Bodjoko:

Theme: Unity in diversity through the Holy Spirit

Before departing from his disciples, Jesus promised that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit to teach them and remind them of all that Jesus had told them. After Jesus’ resurrection, he breathed this Spirit upon them and soon it became clear that discerning the truth which the Spirit taught would be a challenging process for the nascent Jesus movement. Acts gives us glimpses into this process of discernment and invites us to appreciate the value of diverse voices, even dissenting voices in the ongoing conversation that keeps a community viable.

PICTheme: What matters is true love

One day, as the late Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity were tending to the poorest of the poor on the streets of Calcutta; they happened across a man lying in the gutter very near death. He was filthy, dressed in little more than a rag and flies swarmed around his body. Immediately, Mother Teresa embraced him, spoke to him softly and began to pick out the maggots that were nesting in his flesh. A passerby was repulsed by the sight of the man and exclaimed to Mother Teresa, ‘I wouldn’t do that for a million pounds.’ Her response was immediate, ‘Neither would I!’ Obviously, monetary gain did not motivate the diminutive woman known as the Saint of Calcutta; love did. In her writings, Mother Teresa frequently affirmed the motivating power of love. Quoting Jesus in today’s gospel, she wrote, “Jesus said, love one another.

The Church, Mother of Vocations

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit.

For this reason, on the occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I invite all of you to reflect upon the apostolic community, and to give thanks for the role of the community in each person’s vocational journey. In the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I recalled the words of the venerable Saint Bede, describing the call of Saint Matthew: “Miserando atque eligendo” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8). The Lord’s merciful action forgives our sins and opens us to the new life which takes shape in the call to discipleship and mission. Each vocation in the Church has its origin in the compassionate gaze of Jesus. Conversion and vocation are two sides of the same coin, and continually remain interconnected throughout the whole of the missionary disciple’s life.

The Vatican today Friday 8th April, 2016 published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.

The lengthy document, entitled ‘Amoris Laetitia’, or The Joy of Love, affirms the Church’s teaching that stable families are the building blocks of a healthy society and a place where children learn to love, respect and interact with others.

At the same time the text warns against idealizing the many challenges facing family life, urging Catholics to care for, rather than condemning, all those whose lives do not reflect the teaching of the Church.

In particular the document focuses on the need for “personal and pastoral discernment’” for individuals, recognizing that “neither the Synod, nor this Exhortation could be expected to provide a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases”.

Theme: Choosing right voice

If you tend to skip ahead in a book to see what’s coming up, you might already have glanced at next Sunday’s Gospel. In it, Jesus affirms that he is the Good Shepherd of all sinners. He knows us. He also assures us that we can hear his voice, and when we hear it, we recognize and follow him. This look ahead provides a foothold from which we can enter into the sacred texts for today. Each text reminds us that we are bombarded every day by a cacophony of voices. Some speak the truth and offer enlightenment. Others, although they may have good intentions, speak only partial truths. Because these many voices are often forceful and alluring, we need to listen carefully, pray intently and discern wisely which ones we will heed.

Theme: I believe

Divine mercy is forever ready

In a world almost suffocated by materialism and indifference; we need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy which alone is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Today more than ever we are called to gaze more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s action in our lives. The Sunday of Divine Mercy during the special year dedicated to this precious act of joy and forgiveness we have a special time to witness and to grow stronger in faith.

Theme: Death has been defeated

This is a great night, what does it communicate to you?

When God made us he drew us from the depths of the immense ocean of his love. He set us on this earthly shore and invited us, by means of a deeply embedded desire for him, to freely return to him in love. From the very beginning our existence therefore, our deepest essence, was ordered to a relationship with God. Every tribe and nation from the very commencement of human history has somehow lived this truth and expressed it culturally as religious seeking. God created us and established us in an inescapable relationship with him; inescapable because it is part of our very constitution, like our need for oxygen and water, sunlight and food.

Theme: A new perspective

Several years ago, the Italian film maker, Franco Zeffirelli offered the public his cinematic version of the good news of Jesus of Nazareth. In the film, after the crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary and his hasty burial, a member of the Sanhedrin was informed that certain followers of the itinerant teacher and healer were claiming that his tomb had been found empty. Others were spreading the news that they had experienced his risen presence. At that, the Jewish official moaned softly and sighed almost inaudibly, ‘. . . and so it begins’ and so indeed, the resurrection of Jesus marked the beginning of a new way of life centered in Christ Jesus, who died but now lives forever. By virtue of Jesus’ victory over sin and death, we are offered a new perspective. Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection changed forever the way we look at death; it changed the way we look at life, at this world and at one another.

Theme: Do this in memory of me

My brothers and sisters in Christ, in order to prepare ourselves to commemorate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Day, today, we are celebrating Holy Thursday. This Feast solemnly commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. During the history of the Holy Catholic Church, this special Feast has been associated with the reconciliation of penitents, the consecration of the holy oils, the washing of the feet, the commemoration of the Blessed Eucharist and Institution of Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. We can only imagine. What we do know is that Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from the world and to go to the Father.

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Luganda: 7:30 am.  English: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5;00 pm.

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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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