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Bishops Speak Out On Postponed Golden Jubilee Fete

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We, the Catholic Bishops of Uganda, would like to inform our Christians and indeed all people of goodwill that in September 2013, we sent an invitation to His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Uganda and preside over the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs, scheduled for 18th October 2014.


The Holy Father did receive our invitation and was very appreciative.


However, due to prior commitments, he is unable to visit Uganda this year.


We have, therefore, decided to postpone the national celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Canonisation of our Martyrs until further notice.


We hope and pray that the Pope’s schedule allows him to visit us in the near future.


We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day (June 3) will be celebrated as usual and will be animated by Kotido Diocese.


We wish you a spiritually enriching Lenten Season and God’s abundant blessings.


On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Uganda, John BaptistOdama Archbishop of Gulu and Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference Kampala, March 14, 2014.

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