Category Archives: Worship

Archbishop Lwanga Warns Gov’t Against Human Rights Violations

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The Archbishop of Kampala Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has cautioned the government against the continued human rights abuses.

While leading the mass during the burial of the late Msgr. Charles Kato Katongole at Katende parish church in Mpigi district on Tuesday Lwanga said that the NRM slogan ‘securing your future’ which they used in the campaigns is a direct contradiction of what is happening in the country. He said that innocent people are being arrested, abducted and tortured with impunity.

West Buganda Muslim Leaders Engage Mufti Over Suspended Masaka Kadhi

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The West Buganda Region Muslim leadership has appointed a five-man delegation led by the Regional Kadhi Sheikh Juma Mawejje to engage the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Ramadhan Mubaje over the suspension of Sheik Buruhane Banguduse, the Kadhi Masaka Muslim District.  

It comes a few days after the Mufti through Sheikh Muhammad Murshid Luwemba, the Religious Affairs Secretary at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC wrote a letter suspending Sheikh Bagunduse pending investigations into allegations of nonperformance.

The letter February 19, 2021, indicated that the decision to suspend Bagunduse stemmed from a report of inefficiency reported to the office of the mufti by Masaka Muslim District council committee that sat on May 7, 2019.

Nakiwogo Residents Sue Church Over Noise Pollution

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The Building that Houses the Civil Division of High CourtThree residents of Nakiwogo village in Entebbe Municipality have sued the owner of ‘My People World Mission Outreach Church’, Grace Kabuye over noise pollution.

The trio; Richard Watum Wod-Ongom, Male Mukasa and Stephen Balinandi, all retired civil servants and businessmen allege that they have been living peacefully on their land until January 2020 when Kabuye rented land in their neighbouring where he constructed a Church. Kabuye rented the land on a 10-year contract from Florence Nabukenya.

Music Moved Visually Impaired Okot from The Streets to Church

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The adage “disability is not inability” best describes the life of 38-year-old Pastor Richard Okot, a familiar name in the gospel music industry in Acholi and Lango regions.

Okot’s musical journey started when he was aged 12, inspired by the experience of a street kid who had been abandoned by his family. He was born blind in a family of seven children in Pangira Parish, Lokung Sub-county then Kitgum and present-day Lamwo District.

Kasana-Luweero Catholic Diocese Officially Gets 19th Parish

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he 24-year-old Kasana-Luweero Catholic Diocese has officially got her 19th parish.  The headquarters of the newly created St. Joseph Parish Kannyanda is found in Kannyanda village in Makulubita Sub County in Luweero district along the Matugga-Semuto road. 

Augustine Luzige, the pioneer leader of the laity of the Parish says it sits on a 10-acre piece of land. Luzige notes that the Parish comprises close to 3,000 Catholics. He says the parish started operating gradually in August 2019 and borders Nandere & Kijaguzo Parishes. Kannyanda Parish comprises 7 Sub Parishes. Five sub parishes were carved out of Kijaguzo Parish.

I Wasn’t Comfortable With Commemoration of Luwum’s Anniversary at State House, says Bishop Ogwal

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Rt. Rev Benoni Ogwal-Abwang, the former Bishop of Northern Uganda Diocese, says that he was not comfortable with the decision to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Janani Luwum at the State House, Entebbe.  

Since 2015, the national prayers commemorating Janan Luwum have been taking place at St Paul Church of Uganda Wii-gweng in Mucwini Sub-county, Kitgum district where his remains are buried. However, this year’s national prayers took place at State House Entebbe on Tuesday because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Big Story: Janani Luwum Day Should Have More Clout -MPs

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A Cross-section of legislators, from Acholi sub-region, is calling for more effort to popularize St. Janani Luwum Day, a holiday set aside on the Ugandan Calendar in remembrance of the former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda. The day is commemorated on February 16. 

On this day 44-years-ago, Archbishop Janani Luwum was murdered together with the former Inspector General of Police Wilson Erinayo Oryema, and former Defence Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi on orders of former Ugandan President Idi Amin. His crime was criticizing the excesses of Idi Amin’s regime that assumed power in 1971.  

The History of Archbishop Janani Luwum Day

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Janani Luwum was the third Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire. Born in 1922, Luwum converted to Christianity in 1948, becoming a priest in 1954. Rising through the ranks of the church, he was appointed Archbishop in 1974.

In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda, becoming President after a military coup. His reign was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression and corruption. It is estimated that the number of people killed during his regime was over 100,000.

Don’t Oppose the Men of God, Archbishop Kazimba Implores Christians

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The archbishop of the church of Uganda the Most Rev Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has implored Christians to support their clergy towards the development of the church especially when they are focused and doing the right things.

The cleric said that the achievements of the men of God will one day be left to Christians when they the clergy retire.

“Brothers and sisters never oppose these men of God especially when they are focused and doing the right things because when they retire or transferred they leave everything in your hands”.

Big Story: Old Churches Weary of ‘Deliverance’ Preachers Invading Arua

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Rev. Fr. Pius Yobuta, the Parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic Parish – Arua City after celebrating Mass.The parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic Center Arua City has warned Christians against going for what he called “witch-craft related deliverance prayers’.

He is our own, Catholic Priests express massive support for Bobi Wine

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Some Catholic Priests have come out to openly express support for National Unity Platform-NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

On Friday, Kyagulanyi marked his 39th birthday and decided to celebrate it by holding prayers at his home in Magere, Wakiso District as a way to remember colleagues who were arrested and others killed as he campaigned for President in last month’s election.

Father Jude Makanga, the Parish priest for Gayaza, who led a group of about 10 other priests to celebrate mass at Kyagualnyi’s home, said the only reason they support Kyagulanyi is that he stands on principles that the church stands for. Makanga said that it would be wrong for state officials to attack them for their coming out to speak about issues affecting the people because it’s their canonical duty to do so.

200 People Invited for St Janani Luwum Commemoration

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The 44th annual commemoration of St Janani Luwum in Kitgum district will be held in Kitgum despite the national celebrations at State House Entebbe on Tuesday.

The Minister for ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakoba announced earlier this week that the cabinet had resolved that the celebration will be held at State House Entebbe.

Archbishop Odama Calls for Reconciliation in Arua Diocese

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The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese His Grace John Baptist Odama has asked the clergy and Christians in Arua Diocese to reconcile and ask for forgiveness. Odama made the call on Thursday at the burial of late Rev. Fr. Cyril Adiga Nakari at Otumbari Catholic Parish in Terego district on Thursday.

Rev. Fr. Adiga, who has been University Secretary Nile University Campus, an affiliate of Uganda Martyrs University and Chairman Board of Directors Bishop Drandua Foundation, died at Arua regional referral hospital on Sunday.