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CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION CLOCKS 50 YEARS

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 The Association of Catholic Religious (ARU) men and women in Uganda  has launched the celebrations of its 50th anniversary.

The function took place at the headquarters of the association, in Nsambya, on Wednesday. It was attended by several religious men and women, major superiors of the religious institutes and friends of the religious.

The Chairman of the association, Fr Joseph Kyeyune said that the celebrations had kicked off on November 1, 2017 and, would run till November 3, 2018. He later read a letter, which the religious wrote to proclaim their jubilee.

“This letter will be read on the professions celebration function of the respective religious institutes that affiliate to our association. The jubilee is an opportunity that God has given us to forgive unconditionally those who have wronged us.

“We shall read even more fervently the Word of God and the encyclicals of Pope Francis. We shall seek greater interiority, silence and contemplation, bearing in mind that noise is the devil’s trap to derail us away from God who speaks to us in silence. The jubilee year is also a motivation for us to enrich our spiritual lives. The golden jubilee of our association also motivates us to leave our comfort zones, to go out and minister to God’s people at the existential peripheries of society,” Kyeyune said.

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 The function gained unprecedented glory owing to the presence of about 20 Catholic Bishops, who were led by their Chairman, the Most Rev Archbishop John Baptist Odama.


In his message to the religious, Odama said: “All we ask of you is to be nothing else but servants of God’s people. Work harmoniously with each other because in God’s service there is no competition.  Renew your zeal to work for the Lord who calls us to serve his people in our different capacities.”

 

CARDINAL FILONI IN KAMPALA FOR THE GOLDEN JUBILEE 50 YEARS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE CELEBRATIONS.

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The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, is in Uganda to conclude the 50th anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Archdiocese of Kampala.

In his pastoral visit from October 26 to 30, the Prefect will meet children and young people tomorrow morning Friday 27 October, then priests, religious men and women and seminarians at the Ggaba National Major Seminary. In the afternoon, the meeting with the President of the Republic, which will be followed with the meeting of couples in St. Mary’s Cathedral and the blessing of the memorial museum dedicated to Pope Francis.


On Saturday October 28 there will be a meeting with catechists and teachers at the Shrine of Martyrs in Munyonyo, followed with the Mass of dedication of the Sanctuary. In the afternoon a visit to the poor in Kisenyi will be carried out. On Sunday, October 29, Cardinal Filoni will preside the solemn Eucharistic Concelebration for the concluding celebrations of the Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Kampala at the Shrine of the Ugandan Martyrs. On Monday 30, the Cardinal will return to Rome.

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The Archdiocese of Kampala was erected on August 5, 1966. It has a population of 4,242,000, of whom 1,740,000 are Catholics, there are 63 parishes, 288 diocesan priests and 72 religious priests, 160 major seminarians, 285 non religious priests and 666 nuns. It runs 398 educational institutions and 69 assistance and charity centers.

 UMU CELEBRATES 24 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE.

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The Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has urged all staff and students of Uganda Martyrs University to always be good witnesses of our dear University in whatever they do and say because in that way, they will be conforming to the teachings of Christ.

The Archbishop was giving a homily at Uganda Martyrs University during celebrations to mark 24 years at the main campus Nkozi, where he was invited as Guest of Honour and a Patron of the University. The event was marked under the theme, “Celebrating 25 years of Excellence in the Footsteps of the Uganda Martyrs”.

 His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga reminded all Christians in attendance that they are all products of God and have a duty to pay allegiance to him as our Creator.

He also reminded us of the value of education which is supposed to bring Peace, Joy and Empowerment to lead and guide society in the right path. “As we commemorate 24 years since the University’s establishment, your studies must empower you to lead yourselves and others”, he said.

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The Archbishop applauded the Uganda Episcopal Conference for making Archbishop Kiwanuka’s dream become a reality when they opened Uganda Martyrs University on 18th October 1993.

UMU was also applauded for the concerted effort made to ensure that it continues to provide quality education as exemplified by the modern infrastructure at all campuses.

It was a colorful day with entertainment from all campuses.

 Assisi joins global Catholic coalition Divesting from Fossil Fuels

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A international coalition of Catholic institutions has announced its divestment from polluting fossil fuels. The institutions are located on five continents, ranging from the Franciscan convent in Assisi, through dioceses and bishops conferences, to Catholic banking groups.

 The announcement from the Global Catholic Climate Movement was made on Tuesday, ahead of the feast of St Francis and during the month long Season of Creation marked by many Christian Churches and communities.

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It’s the largest joint declaration of divestment by Catholic organizations to date, based on the “shared value of environmental protection and the financial wisdom of preparing for a carbon-neutral economy”.  The total value they have committed to divest amounts to more than 5 trillion dollars.

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In Assisi, three institutions, including the Franciscan convent, the local diocese and a Catholic medical centre, plus the municipal government have agreed to divest from fossil fuels. 

Bishops and dioceses

The bishops in Belgium have joined the coalition, becoming the first Catholic episcopal conference in the world to divest. In South Africa, the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town has also joined, investing in social and ethical funds instead.

Banking institutes

These spiritual leaders are joined by business leaders, including a Catholic bank in Germany which is divesting from coal, tar sands oil, and oil shale, a move which it says is “both morally imperative and fiscally responsible”. The bank is joined by a Belgian ecumenical financial institute which is one of the world’s largest sources of private funding for microfinance. 

 Protecting Children On-Line: Congress at Gregorian University

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How to combat abuse and exploitation of children on-line. That’s the subject of a world congress which opens in Rome on Tuesday entitled ‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’. The four day meeting brings together different government and police representatives, software companies, religious leaders and medical experts specialized in the impact of on-line abuse.

The meeting, hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University and its Centre for Child Protection, aims to conclude with a joint action plan to be presented to Pope Francis on Friday. 

 Among the main organisers of the event is Baroness Joanna Shields, the British government’s special representative on internet crime and founder of a global alliance called ‘WePROTECT’.

 She talked to Philippa Hitchen about the growing urgency of this global problem…

 Baroness Shields recalls when she was working for Facebook, she facilitated a meeting between founder Mark Zuckerberg and former British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the problem of children being groomed on-line for sexual abuse. Since 2010 leaders of the social network giant had become aware that “this is a cross-border problem, a cross-border crime”.

Pope Francis Addresses U.N., Calling for Peace and Environmental Justice.

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With a passionate call from Pope Francis to choose environmental justice over a “boundless thirst for power and material prosperity,” world leaders on Friday adopted an ambitious agenda to reset their own priorities, from ending hunger to protecting forests to ensuring quality education for all.

“We want to change our world, and we can,” Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told a packed General Assembly hall.

The global goals, which emerged after three years of negotiations, are 17 in all. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals, they are not legally binding, and therefore not enforceable. But they carry a moral force of coercion, because they are adopted by consensus by the 193 member states of the United Nations. They apply to all countries, not just poor ones, as was the objective of the last round of ambitions, called the Millennium Development Goals, which expired this year.

Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity,” Francis said, later reprising his argument that the poor are the biggest victims of environmental destruction.
“A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and the disadvantaged,” he said.

The poor, Francis said, are “cast off by society, forced to live off what is discarded and suffer unjustly from the consequences of abuse of the environment. These phenomena are part of today’s widespread and quietly growing ‘culture of waste.”

The summit meeting at the General Assembly for the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals is something of a prelude to the Paris conference later this year, where countries are trying to come up with a global compact to cut their carbon emissions and to help the most vulnerable countries deal with the ravages of climate change.

     

POPE FRANCIS VISITS COLOMBIA.

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Pope Francis received a spirited and symbolic welcome as he arrived in Colombia on Wednesday, saying he wants to bring a message of hope for Colombians as they work to heal the wounds and divisions left by Latin America's longest-running armed conflict.


Francis' white popemobile was nearly mobbed by jubilant crowds who flooded the 15-kilometer (9-mile) road into Bogota from the airport, and his security detail struggled to keep them at bay without a police barricade in sight. Francis relishes diving into crowds and didn't seem at all fazed by the flower-tossing masses, even giving a few high-fives to some young people who got a little too close.


The first pope from Latin America looked thrilled to be back in Colombia, the first country he visited after he was ordained a priest and where he exerted a good deal of effort encouraging peace negotiations that spanned his papacy

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI PRAYS AT KIWAMIREMBE ON ASSUMPTION DAY

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 President Yoweri Museveni joined thousands of the faithful at Our Lady Queen of Peace shrine Kiwamirembe for the celebration of the Feast of Assumption. The president commended Catholics for their devotion to the Virgin Mary and also pledged shs 80m for developing the site of which shs20m was cash. Located at Kiwamirembe along Entebbe road, the place is purposely meant for increasing devotion to Our Lady.

 “On seeing the good roads and the industries below this hill, I thank Jesus Christ, Maria, the Holy Spirit and God for a visionary government that has aided this development,” the president said.

 He said Christians and indeed everyone should work hard, just as St. Paul commands that “Those who do not work will not eat”.

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The President said Africans concentrate on multiplying and not dominance over other creatures yet in Genesis, during creation, God commanded humans not only to multiply but also dominate over other creation.He also pledged to tarmac the road to kiwamirembe shrine

  ORDINATIONS AT LUBAGA CATHEDRAL ON 12TH AUGUST 2017.

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 RADIO MARIA  MARIATHON FUNDRAISING DINNER HELD ON 14 JULY 2017.

The colorful event was crowned with a Holy Mass celebrated by The 2nd Vicar to Kampala Arch diocese Msgr. Lawrence Ssemusu. We register gratitude to the Directors, all Guests, Staff and Listeners for making the  Mariathon dinner fundraising event great in honour of Our Lady, at The International Resource Centre of National Water and Sewerage Corporation.

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BANAKIZITO DAY CELEBRATIONS AT NAMUGONGO MARTYRS SHRINE.

On Sunday 9th July was the Banakizito day at Namugongo martyrs shrine. The colorful day was attended by Banakizito associations from different schools and his eminence cardinal Emmanuel Wamala was the main celebrant .Radio Maria team was also attended to cover the event. Congratulations Banakizito upon celebrating your day. May you continue to espouse the spirit and character of St. Kizito in whatever you do for the transformation of your schools, households and entire communities.

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ARCHDIOCESE OF MBARARA ORDINATIONS 24TH JUNE 2017.

During this ordination of Saturday 24th June 2017, 24 Priests were ordained.The Arch Bishop of Mbarara Arch Diocese, His Grace Paul Bakyenga said that it was the biggest number of Priests that he had ordained in his years as the Bishop of Mbarara Arch Diocese.

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The ordination of 24 Christians into the priesthood and deaconry took place at Nyamitanga cathedral on 24 June 2017.
Mbarara Archbishop Paul Kamuza Bakyenga who presided over the function  thanked Christians for preparing their children to pass through different tests that require them to be health which they have gone through successfully.

A total of 11 Christians were ordained as priests while 13 as deacons.

"God created the world so that we beautify and enjoy it. I want to thank you for preparing these men to go through the tests and now they are about to become priests with better health," the Archbishop noted.
He  asked the priests to learn how to commit their bodies to God and abstain from the many world temptations that can obstruct their service to God.

"Learn how to teach people. Never tell the congregation on the pulpit what you do not understand. You tell the people of God what will change their lives," Archbishop Bakyenga said.

UGANDA MARTYRS DAY CELEBRATIONS AT NAMUGONGO 03RD JUNE 2017.

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KAMPALA. Saturday 3rd June.  Prayers took place at Namugongo as thousands of Christians commemorate the day the Uganda Martyrs were killed some 128 years ago.
The martyrs, who refused to reject their faith in Jesus Christ, were killed on the orders of Buganda king, Kabaka Mwanga in 1886.
At both the Roman Catholic shrine, prayers will started at 9am. Police and other security agencies were deployed to ensure safety at the shrines and all pilgrims to the annual event are subjected to detailed checks before accessing the prayer grounds.

The occasion attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo every June 3, where most of the 22 Catholic martyrs and 23 Anglicans were burnt to death.
The event honours the martyrs, who were killed by burning and beheading for their faith on orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda between 1885 and 1887. 

The event honours the martyrs, who were killed by burning and beheading for their faith on orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda between 1885 and 1887. 
This year’s event is themed “Stand firm in the faith that we have been taught” (Colossina 2:7), which calls on the faithful and pilgrims to be strong witnesses in faith, personal lives, families, places of work and all areas that their daily lives influence.
The Mass at the Catholic Shrine was led by the Hoima Diocese Bishop Vincent Kirabo, assisted by members of the clergy, the laity and the choir from the same archdiocese.

The assistant rector of the Catholic Shrine at Namugongo, Rev Father Innocent Bukenya, explained that Hoima Diocese, which is hosting this year’s celebrations on behalf of Kampala Ecclesiastical Province at the Catholic shrine, had two of the 22 Catholic Martyrs killed — St Andrew Kaggwa and St Anatoli Kiriggwajjo, who hailed from Hoima.

UGANDA PREPARES FOR MARTYRS DAY CELEBRATIONS

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Uganda Martyrs' Day Celebrations are held every 3rd June at the Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo, Kampala-Uganda. In Uganda, this day is a public holiday, which gives chance to millions of people from near and far to make pilgrimage to this Holy Land.

The Martyrs' Day celebrations begin with a Novena in various parts of the country especially in places where different Martyrs were either born or killed. The Novena begins from 25th May to 2nd June. The Novena at Namugongo is also attended by pilgrims from neighbouring countries like; Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and from some other continents.

Many of these pilgrims, young and old, walk miles and miles from their home areas up to Namugongo as a sign of honour to the Martyrs who shed their blood for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pilgrims also spend weeks on this long journey trying to invoke the Uganda Martyrs to intercede for them in overcoming their problems. These, indeed have often testified Martyrs' positive reaction to their prayers as they get salvaged from their bonds.

In preparation for Uganda Martyrs Day, not only pilgrims or faithful flock to the place, business people as well come to Namugongo in big numbers to sell foodstuffs and other merchandise to fellow business people and to pilgrims. This makes the numbers shoot high not only at Namugongo but even in the neighbouring trading centres.

n preparation for Uganda Martyrs Day, not only pilgrims or faithful flock to the place, business people as well come to Namugongo in big numbers to sell foodstuffs and other merchandise to fellow business people and to pilgrims. This makes the numbers shoot high not only at Namugongo but even in the neighbouring trading centres.

The climax is the celebrations of a Pontifical High Mass on 3rd June. The liturgy celebrations are organized by various dioceses, year after the other. Mass begins at 10 (East African Standard Time) with processions accompanied by liturgical dances organized by the leading diocese. Important persons from Uganda government, embassies and other countries usually attend the celebrations. The security is always beefed up by police and the army. This makes the celebrations very peaceful despite the big numbers (millions) that turn up for the celebrations

UNDERSTANDING ASCENSION AS THE PORTAL TO ETERNITY

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The Ascension of Our Lord, which celebrates the day on which the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven (Luke 24:51Mark 16:19Acts 1:9-11), is a moveable feast. When is Ascension?

HOW IS THE DATE OF ASCENSION DETERMINED?

Like the dates of most other moveable feasts, the date of the Ascension depends on the date of Easter. Ascension Thursday always falls 40 days after Easter (counting both Easter and Ascension Thursday), but since the date of Easter changes every year, the date of Ascension does as well.

HOW IS THE DATE OF ASCENSION DETERMINED?

Like the dates of most other moveable feasts, the date of the Ascension depends on the date of Easter. Ascension Thursday always falls 40 days after Easter (counting both Easter and Ascension Thursday), but since the date of Easter changes every year, the date of Ascension does as well.

ASCENSION THURSDAY VERSUS ASCENSION SUNDAY

Determining the date of Ascension is also complicated by the fact that, in many dioceses of the United States (or, more accurately, many ecclesiastical provinces, which are collections of dioceses), the celebration of Ascension has been transferred from Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter) to the following Sunday (43 days after Easter). Since Ascension is a Holy Day of Obligation, it is important for Catholics to know on which date Ascension will be celebrated in their particular diocese.  to find out which ecclesiastical provinces continue to celebrate Ascension on Ascension Thursday, and which have transferred the celebration to the following Sunday.)

RADIO MARIA UGANDA MARIATHON 2017 LAUNCH AT BIINA-MUTUNGO ON 30TH APRIL 2017. THE MARIATHON 2017 CAMPAIGN  RUNS FROM 1ST MAY TO 31ST JUNE 2017.

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POPE FRANCIS’ MESSAGE FOR VOCATIONS SUNDAY 2017

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

            In the last few years, we have considered two aspects of the Christian vocation: the summons to “go out from ourselves” to hear the Lord’s voice, and the importance of the ecclesial community as the privileged place where God’s call is born, nourished and expressed.

            Now, on this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling.  Those who drawn by God’s voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity.  All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel!  As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern.  We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves.  For “the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy (Evangelii Gaudium, 21).

            Commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.

            Even if at times we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement, we need to turn with God with confidence.  We must overcome a sense of our own inadequacy and not yield to pessimism, which merely turns us into passive spectators of a dreary and monotonous life.  There is no room for fear!  God himself comes to cleanse our “unclean lips” and equip us for the mission: “Your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’  And I said, ‘Here am I, send me’” (Is 6:6-8).

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 POPE FRANCIS: SAINT JOSEPH AND THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR

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To mark International  Labour Day which coincides with the Feast day of  Saint Joseph the worker, in this archive programme Veronica Scarisbrick takes a look at the special devotion Pope Francis has for this Saint.As well as focus briefly on one of the social issues central to his thinking: the dignity of labour. Let’s begin with his devotion to Saint Joseph as there’s quite a list of things that connect Pope Francis to this saint.


Among them the choice of the date for the beginning of his pontificate the 19th of March, Saint Joseph’s feast day, and the choice of the nard flower symbolic of this saint on his coat of arms. Then in July 2013 his decision to consecrate Vatican City State not just to Saint Michael, as had been previously planned, but to Saint Joseph as well. And on a more personal note his admission to cherishing a wooden statue representing a dormant Saint Joseph, dressed  in gold trimmed dark green and red garments according to Hispanic iconography, by which he places prayer requests. Simply because as he mentioned  when he confided to us this personal gesture: “ He’s a carpenter and he gets the job done, even though he sometimes makes you wait”.

POPE'S EASTER HOMILY: HOLD FAST TO FAITHAS

On Easter Sunday morning Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Square festooned for the occasion with colourful tulips from Holland.

Breaking with tradition the Pope gave an off the cuff homily encouraging Christians to keep the faith despite the wars, sickness and hatred in the world.

``The Church never ceases to say, faced with our defeats, our closed and fearful hearts, `stop, the Lord is risen.' But if the Lord is risen, how come these things happen?''

He went on to say ``Nobody asks us: `But, are you happy with all that's happening in the world?' Are you willing to go forward','' carrying a cross, as Jesus did?

The Pope also noted in his impromptu homily that " in this culture of waste what is not needed is thrown away, discarded, that stone - Jesus - is discarded and is the source of life.

And we too, pebbles on the ground, in this land of pain, tragedy, with faith in the Risen Christ we have a wisdom in the midst of many calamities.

The wisdom to look beyond and say, "look there is no wall; there is a horizon, there is life, there is joy, there is the cross amidst this ambivalence. Look ahead, do not close in on yourself".

 Readmore:http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/04/16/pope_easter_sunday_mass_hold_fast_to_faith/1306157

 

POPE’S PASSION HOMILIY: CHRIST'S CROSS IS WORLD'S HOPE

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Pope Francis presided over the Passion Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on Good Friday.

In keeping with tradition, the Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM. Cap., preached the sermon on the occasion.

This year, the Preacher’s remarks focused entirely on the Cross of Christ: the only hope of the world.

The Preacher of the Papal Household went on to say, “It is written that at the moment of Christ’s death, ‘The curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split; the tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised (Matt 27:51).’”

Though these signs often receive an apocalyptic explanation, he said, “[T]hey [also] indicate what should happen in the heart of a person who reads and meditates on the Passion of Christ.”

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HOLY THURSDAY: AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY

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Holy Week which leads us to the resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday is the most important period in the Church’s calendar.

During the Triduum, those emotional days are laid bare and commemorated with ceremonies and Eucharistic celebrations in Rome and far beyond.

In the first of a series of reflections for this Holy Week, we shine the spotlight on the intense events of Holy Thursday, looking at the betrayal of Jesus and his fear and anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Read more: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/04/12/holy_thursday_an_emotional_journey/1305124

 

POPE: "CELEBRATE HOLY DAYS 'OF LOVE' LEADING TO EASTER"

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Pope Francis has invited Christians to contemplate the Cross and to celebrate the holy days leading to Easter.

Continuing his catechesis on Christian hope, the Pope was addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Wednesday General Audience.

Unlike worldly hopes, which fail to bring lasting satisfaction Pope Francis told the faithful that “our Christian hope is grounded in God’s eternal love”.

Reflecting on the Gospel of John, the Pope recalled Jesus’ words as he entered Jerusalem: “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit”.

These words, he said, can help us understand the mystery of God’s promise – think of a tiny seed that falls to the ground; if it remains closed unto itself nothing happens, if it breaks open it gives life to an ear of wheat, and then to a plant that will yield fruit. 

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POPE FRANCIS ON PALM SUNDAY 2017

On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said that as Holy Week begins, we should contemplate not only the glory with which Jesus is recognized as king as he enters Jerusalem, but also the suffering he endures before his death, and which is seen in the many who suffer due to war, violence and slavery today.

 Many people also suffer from "wars and terrorism, from interests that are armed and ready to strike. Women and men who are cheated, violated in their dignity, discarded."

The Pope's words came at the same time a bomb attack took place on the Coptic Christian Church of Mar Gerges in the northern city of Tanta, Egypt, as worshippers packed the area to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass. According to the Associated Press, at least 21 were killed and around 40 others wounded in the blast.

"Jesus is in them, in each of them, and, with marred features and broken voice, he asks to be looked in the eye, to be acknowledged, to be loved," the Pope said.

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THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD JESUS

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A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March. It was at the hour of midnight, when the most holy Virgin was alone and absorbed in prayer, that the Archangel Gabriel appeared before her, and asked her, in the name of the blessed Trinity, to consent to become the Mother of God. Let us assist, in spirit, at this wonderful interview between the angel and the Virgin Read more: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2016-04-04

 

FR. KIZITO KIRENGA NATIONAL DIRECTOR RADIO MARIA UGANDATOGETHER WITH CHRIST THE KING CHOIR VISITED  KANKOBE PARISH MASAKA DIOCESE.

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POPE FRANCIS: THE CROSS IS THE GATE OF SALVATION

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Vatican Radio: Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the Second Sunday of Lent.

In remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father reflected on the Gospel reading of the day, which was taken from the 17th chapter of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, and recounted the Transfiguration of Our Lord.

“Transfigured on Mt. Tabor,” said Pope Francis, “Jesus desired to show His glory to His disciples not to keep them from going through the Cross, but to show them to where He was carrying the Cross.”

Whoever dies with Christ, with Christ shall rise again,” said Pope Francis, “those who struggle with Him, with Him shall triumph.”

“The Cross is the gate of the Resurrection,” he said.

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POPE FRANCIS CELEBRATES ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

pope(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for Ash Wednesday at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill in Rome.In his homily, the Holy Father said Lent is a path that "leads to the triumph of mercy over all that would crush us or reduce us to something unworthy of our dignity as God's children."

Please find below the official English translation of the Pope's homily:
“Return to me with all your heart… return to the Lord” (Jl 2:12, 13). The prophet Joel makes this plea to the people in the Lord’s name. No one should feel excluded: “Assemble the aged, gather the children, even infants at the breast, the bridegroom… and the bride” (v. 16). All the faithful people are summoned to come and worship their God, “for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (v. 13).

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 RADIO MARIA AFRICAN MARIATHON CONGRESS

Took place from 22nd to 23rd February 2017 at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala Uganda.

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POPE HOMILY FOR FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD 

homily On Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated a solemn Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and also commemorated the 21st annual World Day for Consecrated Life.

In his homily for the Mass, the Holy Father called on consecrated women and men to “accompany Jesus as He goes forth to meet His people, to be in the midst of His people.”

When the parents of Jesus brought the Child in fulfilment of the prescriptions of the law, Simeon, “guided by the Spirit” (Lk 2:27), took the Child in his arms and broke out in a hymn of blessing and praise.  “My eyes”, he said, “have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Lk 2:30-32).  Simeon not only saw, but was privileged to hold in his arms the long-awaited hope, which filled him with exultation.  His heart rejoiced because God had come to dwell among his people; he felt his presence in the flesh. 

For the full text of Pope Francis’ homily for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord:  

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/02/02/homily_for_feast_of_the_presentation_of_the_lord_full_text/1290007

 

FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL

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Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, like the strength of a boxer swinging wildly.

Perhaps he had never seen Jesus, who was only a few years older. But he had acquired a zealot’s hatred of all Jesus stood for, as he began to harass the Church: “…entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3b).

Now he himself was “entered,” possessed, all his energy harnessed to one goal—being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience the one Savior.

One sentence determined his theology: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5b). Jesus was mysteriously identified with people—the loving group of people Saul had been running down like criminals. Jesus, he saw, was the mysterious fulfillment of all he had been blindly pursuing.

From then on, his only work was to “present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me” (Colossians 1:28b-29).


SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY: AS THE MAGI SEEK, SO SHOULD WE

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There is something special about the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. We are reminded on this day as we celebrate this solemnity within the context of the divine liturgy that the Son of God came for all people, Jew and Gentile alike. His saving love is available to everyone, everywhere, in whatever state of life they may find themselves. There is no one outside of God's thirst for love.

The first sentence of this Sunday's gospel (Mt 2:1-12) presents us with a contrast between three figures: Jesus, Herod the Great, and the magi who search the night for the focal point of a star's light, the newborn king of the Jews. Herod stands in between, not as a bridge but as an obstruction whose evil intent is to destroy the Child the magi seek. Herod represents the opposite of the divine mission of Jesus as well as the goal the magi have in mind in seeking out the Son of God made man.

In comparing and contrasting these three figures, we can learn an important lesson about how to live our life.
More: http://www.catholic.org/homily/daily/story.php?id=53766

 

POPE’S HOMILY VESPERS FOR SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD

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On the final day of the civil year, Pope Francis celebrated First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God in St Peter’s Basilica. The ceremony also included the chanting of the hymn Te Deum in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year.

“When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).


Read more: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/12/31/homily,_1st_vespers_for_solemnity_of_mary_the_mother_of_god/1282881

Welcome

 

   OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR OF MERCY AT ST. PETER'S BASILICA BY POPE FRANCIS AT THE START OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR OF MERCY.

Pope Francis said that by passing through the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica , Catholics should take on the role of the Good Samaritan Pope Francis, centre, has long signalled his wish for the Church to be more forgiving and understanding of its flock Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI (centre) was among those to pass through the Holy Door as Pope Francis (left) looked on  

 

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The GROTTO OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY at RADIO MARIA UGANDA enthroned by; HIS GRACE DR. CYPRIAN KIZITO LWANGA, ARCHBISHOP OF KAMPALA ARCHDIOCESE,On 29/08/2015.

The Interior of Radio Maria Grotto.         

 WORLD FAMILY CONGRESS WITH POPE FRANCIS IN COLLEVALENZIA ITALY 25TH - 30TH OCTOBER 2015

 

 RADIO MARIA UGANDA WORKSHOP " Depeening Family ties" ON GOOD GOVERNANCE 12TH - 13TH AUGUST 2015 AT POPE PAUL MEMORIAL HOTEL KAMPALA.

    

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