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    The policy was launched by the state minister for youth and children, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, during the General Assembly of the Major Superiors of the respective religious congregations at the headquarters of the Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU). Catholic Religious Institutes working in Uganda have developed a policy that will guide the operations of their affiliate child-care institutions.


    The policy was launched by the state minister for youth and children, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, during the General Assembly of the Major Superiors of the respective religious congregations at the headquarters of the Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), in Nsambya, on Wednesday.

    Speaking during the launching of the policy, state minister Nakiwala Kiyingi commended the Catholic Religious Congregations for supplementing government’s work of improving the living conditions of Uganda’s vulnerable children. She further commended the Church for coming up with a policy to streamline its child-care activities.

    “The task of protecting children is becoming even more acute considering the fact that we have over twenty-million children below five years and over a million refugee-children. In such a situation, we bank on the Church to assist us fulfill our obligations towards children.

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    The child-protection policy is also a big achievement considering the fact than most of the children’s homes are operating unprofessionally.

    “Please continue to help us in our obligation of protecting the children and enabling them to lead a dignified life. You should also do more to harmonise the institution of the family, which is the basic unit of society,” said Nakiwala Kiyingi.

    Dr Janestic Twikirize, the Makerere University Don who developed the policy spoke highly of its relevancy and effectiveness.

    “The policy provides stringent measures to effect minimum standards for the care and protection of children. It also spells out the roles and responsibilities of the religious social workers who deal in child-care protection. It also provides a statement of commitment to promoting the welfare and dignity of vulnerable children.”

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    The Family Department of the Uganda Episcopal Conference has started a national campaign to end and prevent domestic violence. The campaign, which is already running in all the 19 Catholic dioceses, is implemented under the theme:  'Merciful Parents, Peaceful Families'.


    Florence Kwesigabo, the Coordinator of Family Programmes at the Uganda Catholic Secretariat announced this news during the fundraising dinner for the campaign at Bishop Hanlon Gardens, Nsambya on Wednesday.

    “The programme is an initiative by Catholic women. Our objective is to end violence in homes. We shall use the structures of the Church, in all our Catholic dioceses. Further to ending and preventing violence, we shall also empower families to start income-generating activities as a strategy to end household poverty.”

    The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Archbishop John Baptist Odama commended the Catholic women for helping the Church to harmonise the family institution.

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  • CARDINAL FILONI ENCOURAGES UGANDANS TO EMULATE MARTYRS

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    The Visiting Vatican Prelate, Fernando Cardinal Filoni has asked Catholics in Uganda to avoid paying lip service to their faith, but to put it in action. 


    He argued that Christianity was a way of life, which is why those who profess the faith have to be exemplary in all aspects of their lives.

    “You should not succumb to the temptation of mediocrity and injustice. If it is a hospital, we expect to find there charity. Economies must also be seen to be people-centred, not money centred. In public life we there shouldn’t be injustices, or violence. If you are a teacher, ensure that your students are motivated by the higher values of the gospel,” said Cardinal Filoni.

    He was delivering his homily during the thanksgiving mass for the dedication of Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Munyonyo, this morning (Saturday, October 28).

    Cardinal Filoni asked Ugandans to emulate the good life and example of St Andrew Kaggwa and St Dennis Ssebuggwawo, the two Catholic martyrs who were killed at Munyonyo, who he said exhibited deep devotion and commitment to the Gospel, “to the extent of shedding their blood.”

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    Filoni further asked the Christians to use the newly consecrated chapel to deepen their Christian faith. “The Church is a place of special blessings from God. Use it to worship God and also, to deepen your knowledge of the Holy Scriptures,” the Cardinal said.

    The function was also graced by the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael August Blume, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and several other clerics.

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    On Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones.


    "Yesterday a terrible earthquake has devastated Mexico. I saw that there are many Mexicans here today among you. It caused numerous victims and material damages," the Pope said in Spanish after the General Audience Sept. 20.


    "In this moment of sorrow I want to express my closeness and prayer to all the beloved Mexican population. Let us all raise our prayers together to God so that he may welcome into his bosom those who have lost their lives, comfort the wounded, their families and all those affected."


    He also asked for prayers for all military personnel and others who are helping those affected, and prayed for "our mother," Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be "close to the beloved Mexican nation."


    A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico City Tuesday destroying dozens of buildings and killing at least 217 people, according to the head of Mexico's civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente.

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    MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Pope Francis concluded his trip to Colombia on Sunday by visiting the bones of a 17th-century Roman Catholic saint who devoted his life to helping slaves, and whose legacy the pontiff called an example to all for his defense of the poor.

    It was the last day of events on Francis’ six-day visit to Colombia, meant as a gentle nudge to the country’s Catholics to forgive crimes committed during a half-century of conflict between the government and the country’s main rebel group, which signed a peace treaty late last year.

    The day was not without mishaps. After arriving in Cartagena, Francis knocked his head in the popemobile, leaving his cheek bruised and a small amount of blood on his robes. The injury was minor, Vatican officials said.

    But mostly it was an opportunity for the pope to widen the message of his visit, and he made calls to recognize the poor and marginalized worldwide — his papacy’s most familiar theme.

    “Here in Colombia and in the world, millions of people are still being sold as slaves,” Francis told a group gathered for prayers in the walled Old Town of Cartagena, a northern port town. “They either beg for some expressions of humanity, moments of tenderness, or they flee by sea or land because they have lost everything, primarily their dignity and their rights.”

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    The first anniversary of the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata was marked on Monday, the Archdiocese of Calcutta, in eastern India, is set to declare her as its co-patron.  "On 6 September we will have at 5.30 pm a Holy Mass in the Cathedral (of the Most Holy Rosary) and the Archbishop is going to declare Mother Teresa as co-patroness of the Archdiocese," IANS reported Sister Prema, Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, as saying on September 4.   

     

    Sister Prema made the declaration at the inauguration of a two-day exhibition of paintings and sculptures on Mother Teresa organized in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, by the Indian National Forum of Art and Culturein association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) andChurch Art to commemorate the first anniversary of the Nobel laureate's canonization, Sept. 4, as well as her 20th death anniversary, Sept. 5.  The exposition by upcoming artists will be taken to different cities across India. 

     

    According to Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta, every diocese has a patron and the Archdiocese of Calcutta is dedicated to St Francis Xavier.  "We wanted to make Mother our co-patroness. We seek her intercession and give her the prominence that is due especially in a city like Calcutta and the Archdiocese of Calcutta," Archbishop D'Souza told IANS.

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    The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is responding to the dire humanitarian crisis in East Africa by announcing that special collections at all Masses will take place across Ireland next weekend.The money raised will go to Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, and member of the Caritas Network.The agency at present is delivering emergency food, water and health care to the 25 million people affected.

     

     Paul Healy is Country Director for Kenya & Somalia with Trócaire. He spoke to Lydia O’Kane about the situation on the ground.He says, “I’ve been working here for 20 years; I’ve rarely seen it as bad if ever… I was up in Turkana myself in Northern Kenya the week before last and we’re seeing significant rates of severe acute malnutrition… way above what would be a normal crisis.”

     

    Parts of East Africa including, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia have been hit by severe drought, driven by climate change. Conflict too has exacerbated the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and Somalia, with areas in both countries now on the verge of famine. 

     

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    Trócaire is currently running an advertising campaign to raise awareness of this crisis but Irish Bishops say that globally the crisis in the region has received  “very little attention.”Paul Healy says, “we’ve tried to raise its profile, recently there was a very strong statement made by international non-governmental organisations on for example the situation in Southern Turkana; 60 thousand children there are very close to total starvation…and that reality for some reason is just staying below the radar.”

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    The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful in the 26 Dioceses of the country and all people of good will, to join in praying for the country. In a press statement issued 28 July 2017 at the Catholic Secretariat in Nairobi, by all the Bishops, the prelates propose to start Novena prayers for peaceful elections from 30 July to 7 August 2017. The country goes to the polls on 8 August.

     

    The Bishops also appeal to the youth in the country to restrain themselves from violence and instead urge them to become agents of peace. They encourage young people to embrace a culture of peace and to engage in peace-building activities.

     

    In the press statement, the Bishops further appeal to Kenyan media to remain objective and help create a peaceful environment that promotes justice, peace and reconciliation. They say that the country's security agencies must also intensify their preparedness in assisting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) secure trust and transparency among citizens.

     

     

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    (Vatican Radio) Each year, on 18th July, we mark “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

     For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity - as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

     

     The Day, which falls on Mandela’s birthday, was declared by the UN Assembly. It invites individuals to honor his leadership and his commitment to promoting social justice by taking action and make a difference in their communities.

     

    Linda Bordoni asked the South African Ambassador to the Holy See, George Johannes, who spent years as a political activist and in exile as a militant of the outlawed African National Congress before becoming part of the nation’s first democratically elected Government, to share some of his memories of Nelson Mandela, the man:

     

    “I think - the Ambassador said regarding the meaning of a day such as this - it’s a great recognition of the status of the person and of the impact that he had.”

    And looking up to him as to someone with the moral authority and power to inspire and bring about change as we do with people like Saint John Paul II,  Mother Teresa and Archbishop Romero, he said Mandela is certainly someone “who has been recognized internationally, and that is why the Day has been set aside as a special day.”

     

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    Nsambya Home Care (NHC) is a department of St. Francis Nsambya. In 1987, the Home Care Department was started by Rev. Sister Dr. Miriam Duggan, then medical superintendent of the hospital, to decongest the hospital wards and outpatient unit of the overwhelming number of HIV-related cases. Home based care allowed family members to take an active role in caring for their sick relatives while continuing to earn a living. The department had a humble beginning with a team of three staff (a driver and two nurses) who would visit patients in their homes to provide medical care. But now it has expanded to 67 established staff and 50 community volunteers.

     

    NATURE OF PATIENTS SERVED

    According to the Executive Director, Dr. Maria Nayonga, NHC targets a population of HIV infected and affected families and communities living within a 21 km radius of the hospital. This area is semi-urban and characterized by poverty; insufficient social, family, and community support systems and an ill-equipped health sector. The estimated target population of 200,000 is based on the new HIV prevalence rate of 7.4% of a population of 4 million people in four districts: Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and parts of Mpigi. There’s also a fully operational satellite clinic at Ggaba landing site.

     

    NUMBER OF CLIENTS SERVED

    Since its inception, NHC has cumulatively enrolled and provided HIV services to17183 patients (11438 females i.e. 66.57% and 5745 males i.e. 33.43%), of these 7,366 patients are still active both in care and treatment, with 7,366 on ART.

     

     RANGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED

    Since   1987,   NHC   has   responded   to   the   HIV/AIDS   epidemic   through   various interventions that include:

    • HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT),
    • Medical diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections
    •  Provision of ARVs since 2004
    •  Provision of social support to Orphan and Vulnerable Children (O.V.C) that includes school fees.
    • Legal support to clients that need it.
    • Pediatric and adolescent clinic

     Therefore, the services go beyond treatment to psychosocial support to both infected and affected persons in a home.

    Community mobilization is conducted as a need arises. It may be for counseling and testing, for gender based violence, T.B awareness or safe male circumcision. Mobilization also encompasses hygiene, sanitation and nutrition.

     

    SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

    Dr. Maria registers gratitude to CAFOD, a UK based organization, CRS; a US based organization through which PEPFAR first funded the ART clinic in 2004 and now Uganda Episcopal Conference through the ACT project.

    "We network UGANET KCCC who are our sisters because of the same founder Sr Miriam Duggan. We also are working with CDRN helping us in training us for resource mobilization".   

     

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