Catholic Leader Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is now called Pope Francis will be in Uganda again, the Kampala archbishop Cyprian Lwanga, has announced.
According to Lwanga, the pope will be gracing the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), an event that will bring together over 500 Bishops from Africa and Madagascar.
“We expect to get over 500 Bishops from all over Africa as well as Madagascar and they thought the best person to be the guest of honour would be His Holiness Pope Francis,”
“In order to achieve this, all Christians and every community is invited to fully enter in the celebrations of this jubilee,”
Pope Francis first visited the country in November 2015, He was the third catholic head to visit Uganda after Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II in July 1969 (Launching of SECAM) and in February 1993 respectively.
The SECAM will be celebrating their golden jubilee in Uganda. The SECAM executive board is expected to met in Kampala in July 2018 to officially flag off the year long Golden Jubilee celebrations which are expected to climax next year on July 29th, 2019.
SECAM was born out of the will of young African Bishops during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). They wanted to speak with one voice and its establishment is therefore the result of the Bishops resolution to build forth the African vision to the whole church.
Seeing the importance of such an Association for Africa, the Congregation for the Evangelization of the People at the Holy See invited the presidents of the Regional Episcopal Conferences for consultation in 1968. A year later, the first ever visit of a Pope to Africa was seen as very opportune to launch the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar. His Holiness Pope Paul VI was welcomed to Kampala (Uganda) for the official launching of SECAM in July 1969 which is now 50 years since this historic moment.
SECAM’s secretary general,Fr. Joseph Koma Koma says the theme for the Golden Jubilee celebrations with be “Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim, Meet and Welcome Christ your saviour.”
He also says the objective of the Jubilee is to celebrate in thanking God for His wonders and marvellous deeds, the gift of Baptism and of the Church, to ponder on the progress made so far, with the aim of deepening our roots in Christ and to engage ourselves resolutely in faith in proclamation of the mission of the Gospel in words and actions. “