Kiir in Uganda for Papal mass


Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir moments ago arrived at Entebbe international airport aboard Kenya Airways.

Kiir is in Uganda to attend the Pope’s open-air mass tomorrow at Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo.

Also expected is the Rwandan president, Paul Kagame.

Pope Francis who is still in Kenya winding up his first art of the African tour is expected in Uganda this evening.

About 2 million people are expected to attend Saturday’s mass.


Kiir arrived aboard Kenya airways

The Pope is in Uganda to preside over the commemoration of the 24 Catholic and 25 Protestants martyrs who were killed in late 1800s for defying Kabaka Mwanga II’s edict to them to abdicate Christianity.

At Namugongo, the Pope will be received by Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.


4:50pm(today): Arrival
• Received at the airport by President Museveni, 47 government officials, 30 Catholic Bishops, five Church of Uganda Bishops, and 1,000 Catholic faithful outside the airport.
•Proceeds to State House for a 25-minute meeting with President Museveni.
•Addresses 300 dignitaries, ministers, permanent secretaries and members of the Diplomatic Corp at the State House Main Hall
Note: No press conference or State banquets planned.
•Sets off for Munyonyo and is expected to arrive at 7:15pm
•Thereafter retires at the Papal Nunciature in Mbuya, Kampala’s eastern suburb
•Arrives at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo at 8:30am, and received by Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and President Museveni. He will unveil a commemorative plaque and then proceed to the museum where the 25 martyrs were tortured and killed. He will depart to the Catholic Shrine.
•Arrive at the Uganda Catholic Martyrs Shrine at 9:00am, say a short private meditative prayer not exceeding 15 minutes and begin Mass.
•The Mass that starts at 9:30am will last for two hours strictly. Those intending to attend should have assembled latest by 6:30am.
• Addresses the youth at Kololo Independence/Ceremonial Grounds at 3:15pm
•At 4:30pm, Pope will arrive at the Bakateyamba Home, Nalukolongo.
•Arrives at Rubaga Cathedral at 5pm for meeting with bishops and priests.
At 9am, he will depart for Central African Republic. The departure ceremony will last for 15 minutes. Only President Museveni, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Kampala Archdiocese Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Micheal Blume and the Chairman UEC chairman, Archbishop John Baptist Odama will attend.
Source: Uganda government

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