Gov’t issues programme for Papal visit


Tarsis Kabwegyere

Government has released a programme to be followed by Pope Francis on his visit to Uganda this month.

In December 2014, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, wrote to the State of Vatican, and officially invited His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Uganda.

In response to the President’s invitation, the Holy See, on 10th September, 2015 officially communicated the acceptance by Pope Francis to make an Apostolic Voyage to Uganda from 27th – 29th November, 2015

Upon this confirmation, the Government of the Republic of Uganda, working closely with the Apostolic Nunciature in Uganda and the Uganda Episcopal Conference, embarked on preparations to facilitate a successful Papal visit. A number of committees were formed to handle different tasks related to the preparations.

Ugandans need to be aware that the Papal visit is a unique one – it is both a State and a Pastoral visit.

Some of the preparations included renovations on all the infrastructure installations at sites where the Pontiff will visit but especially Munyonyo, Namugongo Catholic and Anglican sites (Nakiyanja).

Munyonyo is where the journey to martyrdom started and two martyrs, Andrew Kaggwa and Ponsiano Nngondwe are buried there.

Namugongo Catholic Shrine is the site where Charles Lwanga was killed and buried whereas Namugongo Anglican Shrine (Nakiyanja) is the last and main site of martyrdom where 45 Christians – Catholics and Anglicans were burnt to death.

The Programme

The programme for the Papal visit in Uganda was communicated from Rome early in the month of October, 2015.

His Holiness Pope Francis will arrive in Uganda in the afternoon of Friday, 27th November 2015.

He will be received at Entebbe International Airport by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda together with the Bishops of Uganda.

Ugandans (close to 1,000) drawn from the parishes of Uganda will also join the receiving party at Entebbe.

Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere, Minister for General Duties Office of the Prime Minister, says after conclusion of the arrival ceremonies, His Holiness the Pope will proceed with his programme as follows:

– Friday 27th November, 2015

4:55 p.m. Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and arrival ceremonies

5.30 p.m. Meeting with H.E. the President at State House

6:30 p.m. Pontiff departs for Munyonyo

7:15 p.m. Arrival at Munyonyo, Meeting of Catechists and
Teachers at Munyonyo

7:45 p.m. Pontiff will retire to the Nunciature

– Saturday, 28th November, 2015

9:00 a.m. Arrives at Nakiyanja Anglican
Martyrs Shrine for a short meditation prayer for those martyrs
that were killed at this very shrine.

9:30 a.m. Arrives at Namugongo Catholic
Martyrs Shrine and conducts Holy Mass

11:30 a.m. Returns to the Nunciature

3:00 p.m. Proceeds to Kololo Airstrip for a
Meeting with the Youth

4:00 p.m. Arrives at Nalukolongo Mapeera Bakateeyamba’s Home to meet the sick and handicapped

4:30 p.m. Meets the Bishops at the
Archbishop’s residence at Lubaga
and thereafter meets the Clergy at Lubaga Cathedral.

6:00pm Pope retires to Nunciature.

– Sunday, 29th November, 2015

09.15 am Departure for Bangui, Central
African Republican (CAR)

Uganda hosts His Holiness Pope Francis, the third Pontiff after Pope Paul VI in 1969 and Pope John Paul II in 1993.


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