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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.”




    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".   


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    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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    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!’”

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    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.)



    A statement signed by the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh says the maturity exhibited by the people of Ghana “surely resulted in one of the most peaceful and successful elections witnessed as a country, a feat that has made Ghana once again a brighter beacon of democracy in Africa and the world at large."


    The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have observed with great admiration the comportment and maturity with which our fellow Ghanaians conducted themselves during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections held on Wednesday December 7, 2016. This surely resulted in one of the most peaceful and successful elections we have witnessed as a country, a feat that has made Ghana once again a still brighter beacon of democracy in Africa and the world at large.

    It is on the note of such remarkable success that we, the GCBC, congratulate the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for emerging winner in the presidential elections.

     With profound admiration, we also congratulate His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama for such display of matured statesmanship in conceding defeat to the President-elect.


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    Pope Francis greeted the many sick and disabled persons gathered in the Paul VI Hall ahead of his Wednesday General Audience.

    The group followed his Audience from within the air conditioned audience hall to stay out of the sweltering Roman heat, to which the Pope alluded in a short address to them, saying it would be “like a Turkish bath out there today”.

    Thanking them for coming, the Holy Father invited the group to listen to his words “with a heart united to those in [St. Peter’s] Square” where his Audience was held.

    He said the Church is like this because it is united by the Holy Spirit, with “one group here and another there, but all are united.”

    Before exiting to hold his General Audience, Pope Francis prayed the Our Father and Hail Mary and gave his blessing to his special guests.

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    On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis reflected on the “mystery of the identity of God” during the midday recitation of the Angelus in St Peter’s Square.


    The Holy Father took as his starting point the greeting of St Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” This greeting, he said, was inspired by Paul’s personal experience of the love of God. The Apostle encouraged the Christian community, despite its human limitations, “to become a reflection of the communion of the Trinity, of its goodness and beauty.” But, the Pope said, this comes about only through the experience of the mercy and forgiveness of God.


    This was the experience of the Jewish people during the Exodus. When they broke the covenant, God came to Moses in the cloud to renew the pact, and revealed His own proper Name and its significance: “the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” The Pope said this name shows us that "God is not distant and closed in on Himself”; rather, He is “Life which wishes to communicate itself; He is openness; He is Love which redeems man’s infidelity."


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    Archbishop Adams has previously served as an ambassador to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and, most recently, Greece

    The Queen received the new Apostolic Nuncio on Thursday as he begins his tenure in Britain.

    The Vatican appointed Archbishop Joseph Adams Nuncio to the United Kingdom this past April. During his recent visit with The Queen, Archbishop Adams received the Letters of Recall from his predecessor as well as his Letters of Credence.


    Archbishop Adams will keep the Vatican informed about Brexit developments and appoint new bishops in dioceses with vacant positions as nuncio.


     Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Archbishop Adams was ordained a priest in 1970.Then, in 1976, he began a career as a papal diplomat, following advanced studies in Rome. He served as an ambassador to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, the Philippines and, most recently, Greece.


    Archbishop Adams replaces Archbishop Antonio Mennini who was appointed Secretariat of State in Rome.The position of Nuncio to the United Kingdom may be Archbishop Adams’ – aged 72 – last since the retirement age for bishops is 75.


    Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, warmly received Archbishop Adams’ appointment in April.

    “On behalf of the bishops’ conference and of the whole Catholic community of Scotland,” Archbishop Tartaglia said, “I welcome the appointment of the new Apostolic Nuncio and offer him our prayerful good wishes for his important service as nuncio.”

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