DRC’s Archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election


The archbishop of Kinshasa is urging peace on the eve of Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.” Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo held a Mass in the capital on Saturday attended by leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and a representative of ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. They and sole female candidate Marie-Josee Ifoku held hands during prayer in a spirit of reconciliation. The archbishop said “unfortunately, some of our compatriots give the impression they want to hold…

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Pope Francis prays for victims killed by roadside bomb in Egypt

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The Vatican says Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a roadside bomb that hit a tourist bus in Egypt. In a condolence telegram sent on Saturday by the Vatican secretary of state to Egypt’s president, Francis was said to be “deeply saddened” by the attack near the Giza Pyramids. Three Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide were killed in Friday’s attack, and 10 were seriously injured. The Vatican says Francis invoked divine blessing upon Egypt and its people, while “trusting that all will work to overcome violence with…

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Archbishop Lwanga: Church tithe should be deducted from monthly salaries

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The Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has proposed that the central government should start deducting 10 per cent tithe from monthly salaries of Catholic believers. Archbishop Lwanga during a Sunday mass at Lubaga Cathedral revealed that many Catholics do not pay the tithe, which slows down church work. “We lie to God that we pay church tithe off our monthly salaries. During a mass like this, when time to pay the tithe reaches, Catholics just pick whatever they get from their pockets and give in, but the…

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Arsonists Linked to Garage Fire That Razed 12 Buses

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By our reporter A businessman is counting huge losses after a fire gutted 12 buses and a lorry at a garage in Kenyatta Road estate, Juja. Joseph Kariuki, the proprietor of Chania Special Travellers Sacco, said he was informed on phone of the Sunday morning fire by the caretaker. Kariuki led detectives from Juja police station to the scene to assess the damage. He said the cause of the fire is yet to be established. Kariuki suspects arsonists lit the fire from inside the garage. “This is a shocking incident.…

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Priest fired over 8 million theft


Soroti Diocese Anglican bishop has suspended with immediate effect one of his senior priests over alleged theft of Shs8 million belonging to a Norwegian national. The Norwegian, Ms Rundi Randi, is said to have been one the Europeans behind the funding of some of the youth activities at the diocese. The letter of suspension by Bishop George William Erwau, addressed to all diocesan departments, ordered the Rev Beseri Otekat to vacate the diocese forthwith. Bishop Erwau said the Rev Otekat’s case will be heard by the diocesan disciplinary committee once…

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President Museveni commends faith groups for supporting OWC


President Yoweri Museveni yesterday received and held a meeting with a 60-strong delegation of members of the Inter-Religious Council in Uganda, led by their Chairman, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje who is Chief Mufti of Uganda. He told his guests that leadership entails caring about others. Today’s meeting was a follow-up on recent familiarization tour by the religious leaders to the Districts of Ibanda, Kiruhuura and Masaka that involved the monitoring of the NRM Government’s Operation Wealth Creation Programme. “I am impressed with your enthusiasm and commitment to support the Government…

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“Using church for personal ambition is a plague”, Pope Francis says


ROME – Do not settle for a worry-free, comfortable life with an unhealthy attachment to money and an ambitious heart yearning for honors, Pope Francis told seminarians studying in Rome. “I’m telling you this as a brother, father and friend. Please, shun ecclesial careerism. It is a plague. Avoid it,” he said April 1 during an audience at the Vatican with students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Pontifical Spanish College of St. Joseph in Rome. The college was celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding. Everything hinges on loving…

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President Museveni, Archbishop Lwanga hold private meeting April 9, 2018


President Yoweri Museveni last evening held a meeting with the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, at Nakasero State Lodge in Kampala. The meeting was held after claims by the Archbishop on Easter Sunday that government has planted priests to spy on him. On Easter Monday, President Museveni spoke with Lwanga over the phone and they later agreed to meet on a way forward on ironing out the standing matters. On Good Friday, Lwanga said an anonymous caller had told him that the government had recruited priests, nuns and…

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President urges Church leaders to set example to rid poverty at household level


President Yoweri Museveni has challenged Ugandan communities that there can not be a successful fundraising drive for any developmental venture if the homesteads within the communities are poor and living in abject poverty. “When the bishop invited me to come here for the church fundraising drive, I thought the church and community would contribute tremendously, which has not come true. I had prepared for a contribution of Shs.200 million for this ceremony but I am now prompted to raise Shs.400 million to reduce the load for refurbishing the house of…

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Inter-Religious Council shun parliament invitation on Age Limit presentation


The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU turned down an invitation to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of parliament where they were requested to share views on the proposed ‘Age Limit’ Bill. The Council, an umbrella for all religious denominations, now joins the Makerere University Law Dons and former Prime Minister Apollo Nsibambi who wrote to the committee declining to appear as requested. Instead, they have written back to the committee advising that members make use of a press release issued on September 12, and a petition to the Speaker of…

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