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Africa Bishops in Golden Jubilee inaugural Mass at Lubaga

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Cape Coast, Ghana, says in 50 years, the Catholic Church has grown exponentiously in Africa from some 50 million people to 170 million people. (PML Daily PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) bishops, who have been in Kampala this week are holding their inaugural Mass to flag off Golden Jubilee celebrations of SACAM that will climax a year now, on July 29, 2019.

The Mass on Sunday, July 29 at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala that starts at 10.AM will be led by SECAM President The Most. Rev. Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango, Angola.

His Holiness Pope Paul VI was welcomed to Kampala (Uganda), the first-ever visit of a Pope to Africa in July 1969 on a visit that was used to officially launch SECAM.

So, it is now 50 years since that historic moment in Kampala in 1969.

According to Msgr. John Baptist Kauta, Secetary General of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the preparations for the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee will begin in Uganda headed by the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

The Secretary General of SECAM, Fr. Joseph Koma-Koma says theme chosen for the Golden Jubilee celebrations is: “Church, Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim, Meet and Welcome Christ your Savior.”

Fr. Koma-Koma says that, “the objective of the Jubilee is to celebrate in thanking God for His wonders and marvelous 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.”

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