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  • Guadalupe

    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.

  • pope


    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.”

  • calcutta

    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.

  • trocaire 

    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. 


    Under the radar

    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.”

  • kenya

    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.






    (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.”




    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.



    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.



    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.



    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.



    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".   


  • homily


    Pope Francis on Thursday morning celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Square to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In his homily the Pope focused on three words, Confession, Persecution and Prayer, which he said are essential for the life of an apostle today.

    Below is the  text of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass for the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

    The liturgy today offers us three words essential for the life of an apostle: confession, persecution and prayer. Peter makes his confession of faith in the Gospel, when the Lord’s question turns from the general to the specific.  At first, Jesus asks: “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” (Mt 16:13).  The results of this “survey” show that Jesus is widely considered a prophet.  Then the Master puts the decisive question to his disciples: “But you, who do you say that I am?” (v. 15).  At this point, Peter alone replies: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (v. 16).  To confess the faith means this: to acknowledge in Jesus the long-awaited Messiah, the living God, the Lord of our lives.

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  • 25
    Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, together with the members of the College of Cardinals present in the city, in order to mark the 25th jubilee of his ordination to the episcopacy.

    The Dean of the College of Cardinals offered greetings and best wishes to Pope Francis on the occasion, recalling the words of St. Paul the Apostle in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, “Make room for us in your hearts,” Cardinal Sodano said. “Holy Father, you need not tell us to make room for you in our hearts,” he continued, pledging him all the love and reverence due the Successor to Peter.

    In remarks following the Readings of the Day, the first of which was taken from the Book of Genesis, recounting the episode in which Abraham and Lot part ways, Pope Francis focused on the three imperatives that God gives the Father of Faith: “Arise!” “Look out!” “Be hopeful!”

    “When Abraham was called, he was more or less our age,” Pope Francis said to the elder statesmen of the Church. “He was going to retire, to go into retirement for some rest – he started out at that age.”

    “An old man,” the Pope continued, “with the weight of old age, old age that brings pain, illness – but [God said to him], as if he were a young man, ‘Get up, go, go! As if he were a scout: go! Look and hope!’”

  • christ christ


    From a distance, your eyes are welcomed by a giant statue of Jesus Christ that stands majestically in the compound. The statue symbolizes the dedication of the church to Jesus Christ-just as the name suggests.


    Initial beginnings

    Christ the King Parish was founded by the Mill Hill Missionaries on October 30, 1930 right in the middle of Kampala city with Fr. Henri Jerssen   as the founding parish priest.


    When a church was proposed for members of the Goan community in Kampala a plot was obtained along Colville Street and Fr. Driek Janssen literally started the work from scratch. In 1929 the cornerstone was laid by Bishop Campling of the Mill Hill Missionaries and the new church was officially opened on the feast of Christ the king on 26th October 1930.


    It was not until 1953 that house ws built for a resident priest. Hitherto, priests used to commute from Nsambya. Besides constructing the priests’ resident, Fr. Peter Van Rooyen is also remembered for erecting the statue of Christ the King donated by Christopher Colombo. To date the statue still stands as a symbolic feature of the church!



    Previous expansions have seen the church transform to a capacity of about 600 people. The on-going expansion project will increase the capacity of the church to 1400 people by April 2018.The community centre and Christ the king platinum jubilee house have also been added.


     In 1984 Christ the King nursery school was started while Christ the King Bookshop is now a vibrant resource Centre especially for church-related literature and religious articles.



    Since its inception the church has had 19 parish priests. The pioneer priest was Fr. Henri Jansen while Msgr. Anatoli Kamya was the first African priest in 1973. The current parish priest is Msgr. Gerald Kalumba.


     Christ the King Deanery

     As a deanery, Christ the King comprises the parishes of St. Matia Mulumba-Old Kampala, St. Balikuddembe-Mengo-Kisenyi and Holy Trinity-Kamwokya.


     Ministries and Lay Movements

    There are 7 choirs organized under the umbrella body of Christ the King Choirs’ Association. Lay movements include; the Legion of Mary, Apostleship of Prayer, and Charismatic Renewal. Other societies are the Ushers’ Society, Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Xaverian, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.



     In the spirit of ecumenical co-operation, Christ the King enjoys a good relationship with All Saints Church and Namirembe Cathedral. This is epitomized in the joint Christmas. We participate actively in the Public Way of the Cross organized by Uganda Joint Christian Council ( U.J.C.C.)


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Dear Friend of God you are invited to next month's Marian night  special starting with mass at 7pm.

 Come one come all.


Radio Maria Uganda continues to pray for a succesful Mariathon October 2017 and urges all people of God to support the project of running with Mother Mary.


 Radio Maria Uganda in this   Month also  continues  to pray for peace with the Situations in Africa and the World over. The Rosary dedicated for peace is  weekly, Mondays and  Fridays 8PM East African Time. Please join us to pray for Peace in Africa and in the rest of the World.


On Thursday July 27 afternoon, here at Radio Maria Headquarter, Biina Mutungo, we  were graced with a vist from Mr. Bartemawo Muoya, 90 years old. He came purposely to bring a gift of 5000/- for Mother Mary in appreciation for all she has done for him. He brought another 5000/- contribution towards Mariathon dinner, which though he missed, he now considers himself having participated. And lastly he wanted to see Director and to have confession. When asked how old he is, he simply said with alot of joy and gratitidue: "At 90 years old"i think iam long overdue to go and see Jesus.

We thank God for such people, whose humble but generous contributions have kept Radio Maria on air. We pray for the grace to put such donations to proper use for the good of souls.

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