Category Archives: Worship

ICC sentences Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in prison

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The Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) has handed Dominic Ongwen, a former commander in the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA a 25-year jail term. A panel of three justices led by Bertam Schmitt delivered the verdict on Thursday morning. 

The other judges on the panel are Peter Kouvacs and Raul Cano Pangalangan. The justices noted that they decided to jail the former war load for 25-year jails because of the magnitude of the atrocities he committed so as to deter similar offenses in the future and prove the position of the world in condemning the atrocities committed by the LRA.  

Big Story: Foot pilgrims suspended, only 200 worshipers allowed to attend martyrs’ day celebrations

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The Catholic Church has restricted this year’s Uganda Martyrs’ day celebrations at Namugongo shrines to only 200 people.  

Uganda Episcopal Conference has for the second time selected Masaka Diocese to lead the celebrations on June 03rd, 2021 after missing the opportunity last year following the suspension of the celebrations because of the Coronavirus disease outbreak.

6 new canons ordained by Bukedi diocese

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The Bishop of Bukedi Diocese George Sam Bogere Egesa has ordained 6 new canons.

The 6 new canons are Ven. Rev. Canon Joshua Iroota, Ven. Rev. Canon Barnabas Muniala, Canon Sam Rodgers Wairagala,Canon Aggrey  Ofwono, Canon Joseph Hirya and canon sister Kezia Dorothy Otim. 

Bishop Egesa who presided over the function at St. Peters cathedral in Tororo district on Sunday, asked the new canons to support the church onto a development path and also tasked them to preach peace and reconciliation in the diocese warning them against forming cliques that undermine the spirit of peace and reconciliation in the church.  

Top Story: The top steps to appointment of fourth archbishop of Kampala

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When the Papal Nuncio announced the designated apostolic administrator for the Vacant Metropolitan See of Kampala, it was a moment of joy from the faithful. 

It took Bishop Anthony Zziwa, the chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, to explain the role of the designated administrator who will oversee the archdiocese until the appointment of Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga’s successor.  

Who could be the next fourth Archbishop of Kampala and how is he elected? Uganda Radio Network looks into the process which is largely unknown, or at least largely opaque, to many people.  

Mixed reactions in Luwero-Kasana Diocese over Bishop Ssemogerere’s appointment

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The appointment of Rt. Rev. Paul Ssemogerere as the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese has drawn mixed reactions from a section of Catholic faithful in Luwero.

On Thursday, the Pope’s representative to Uganda, (Papal Nuncio) Archbishop Bianco Luigi announced that Bishop Ssemogerere of the Kasana-Luwero Diocese will oversee the archdiocese as its Apostolic Administrator until a substantive Archbishop is appointed.

However, the Chairperson of the Episcopal Conference, Bishop Anthony Zziwa, explained that Bishop Ssemogerere remains Diocesan Bishop of Luwero and only will govern the diocese in the name of the Supreme Pontiff and coordinate the day to day work of the Archdiocese.   

What comes next? The sudden death of Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga – Fr Musaala

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WHAT COMES NEXT?

The sudden death of Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga leaves a yawning gap in our lives.

As the catholic community in Kampala and beyond we sense that we have lost a ‘cornerstone’.

Many questions in many hearts need to be answered, especially regarding the Arcjbishop’s death, in a manner which is more convincing than the medical report, which for all its scientific details, does not seem to have closed the matter.

Bishop Ssemogerere to Oversee Kampala Archdiocese

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Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Kasana Luwero, Paul Ssemogerere, as the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, until a substantive Archbishop is appointed.

This was announced by the Pope’s representative to Uganda, (Papal Nuncio) Archbishop Bianco Luigi at the burial ceremony of the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at Lubaga Cathedral. In the message, he consoled the Catholic Church in Uganda and the world for the loss of a great and committed shepherd like Dr Lwanga.

Luweero Anglican Bishops hail fallen Archbishop Lwanga for uniting Christians

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Anglican Bishops in Luwero District have hailed the late Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga for initiating the joint Christian Council.

The Luwero Nakaseke and Nakasongola- LUNANA Council was established in the first years of Lwanga’s service after his consecration in 1997. It aimed at ensuring that Christians from all the religious denominations in the districts of Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola unite for spiritual and social development.

Archbishop Lwanga Died of Heart Attack -Postmortem Report

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A postmortem report carried out to ascertain the cause of death of Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has ascribed his death to a heart attack.  

The archbishop was found lying lifeless in bed at his residence in Lubaga on Saturday morning and was officially pronounced dead by his personal physician at 9; 08 a.m.

His sudden death had raised questions with several people spinning conspiracy theories linking his demise to the death of other prominent clerics who have passed away in recent months. 

Archbishop Lwanga to be Buried Inside Lubaga Cathedral

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The Kampala archdiocesan interim administrator, Msgr . Charles Kasibante has confirmed that the decease Archbishop Cyprian kizito Lwanga will be laid to rest in the historical Lubaga Cathedral church.  

Dr Lwanga will be the third prelate to be buried inside Lubaga Cathedral. The first prelate to be buried in there was Bishop Edouard Michaud, a Canadian Clergyman who was one of the priest missionaries known as White Fathers. He was the vicar Apostolic of Uganda from 1933 until he died in 1945. 

Inside the same church are the remains of Dr Joseph Kiwanuka, the first native African to be ordained a Catholic bishop in modern times who died in 1966 five years after his appointment as Archbishop of Rubaga. 

Archbishop Lwanga was a champion for opposing abductions, other wrongs, Bududa Anglicans

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Anglican Churches in Bududa district have joined the rest of the churches in the country to mourn and  eulogize the fallen archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga as they celebrate Easter today. They have praised Dr Lwanga for speaking truth to power and incessantly condemning abduction of hundreds of people before after the general elections.

Dr Lwanga, the cause of whose death is not yet known, died shortly after the ecumenical public way of the cross-held at Namirembe Anglican Diocese on Good Friday where he delivered a message of hope to the Christians and the country. 

Archbishop Lwanga was a Voice for Poor and Oppressed, says Kaziimba

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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba has eulogized the late Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga as a person who advocated for the poor and oppressed.

He was addressing journalists at his residence at Namirembe following the sudden death of Dr. Lwanga with whom he led the ecumenical way of the cross at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe on Good Friday.

“The way of the cross ends not in death, but in the resurrection. Even in our shock and grief today over Archbishop Lwanga’s untimely death, we recognize that he continued his personal way of the cross last night until the fullness of resurrection which awaits all of us who put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ,”  said Kaziimba.

Fort Portal Catholic Bishop urges gov’t to end abductions of Ugandans

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Bishop Robert Muhiirwa of Fort Portal Catholic Diocese has called upon the government to ensure an end to abductions in the country.

Muhiirwa made the call during a press conference at his residence in Fort Portal Tourism City on Saturday where he was delivering his Easter message to the faithful.

The Bishop noted that the abductions conducted using “numberless so-called drones”, which have led to disappearance of hundreds of people, are causing fear and uneasiness among the nationals and they should be stopped.