As Uganda prepares for Pope Francis’ visit in November, their bishops hope that he will bring reconciliation and build bridges between the various cultural, political and religious divides in the country.
Let us hope that this will include bringing reconciliation and love by the bishops themselves, towards Uganda’s lesbian and gay Christians, encouraging them to use their influence to end, not promote, homophobia and persecution.
The Catholic Bishops of Uganda have issued a pastoral statement on the occasion of Pope Francis’ pending visit to that country which will take place from the 27 to 29 November this year. The Bishops have called on Ugandans to prepare themselves spiritually so that they will be in a fitting state to receive the pope’s blessings.The Bishops also ask Ugandans to perform acts of charity. “We call upon you to do acts of charity towards the poor and to practice works of penance so that we can all receive the Papal blessing in a worthy manner. Most importantly, let us make every effort to reconcile and love one another as Christ has loved us,” the statement reads in part.