Uganda prepares for papal visit


Arrangements for the November Papal visit are underway, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has assured Parliament.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Uganda on November 27th – 29th, 2015, as the Catholic Church marks 50 years of the canonization of the Uganda martyrs.

The Premier, who was responding to a question from the Opposition Chief Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo district) said that government preferred that the programme for the Pope’s visit be announced by Rome.

“We have not made any statements because we would like his programme to be announced by Rome and not Kampala,” said Dr. Rugunda adding that “Government and the Papal Nuncio are in close contact and Parliament will be informed.”

Hon. Ogwal wondered whether the Pope was visiting the President or Uganda, considering that government had not issued any statement to Parliament.

She said it was necessary to inform Parliament and the country about the visit such that Ugandans prepare and give the Pope a “befitting welcome.”

Hon. Dr. Rugunda explained that the Pope was visiting Uganda and would interact with Ugandans and people from the neighbouring countries.

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