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Vatican’s Cardinal de Aviz in Uganda to preside over Catholic nuns, brothers 50-year fete

Cardinal de Aviz at ARU headquarters in Nsambya on Saturday. (PML Daily PHOTO)

LUBAGA – The Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), are on Saturday celebrating her Golden Jubilee.

The climax of the celebrations will take place at Lubaga Cathedral, with Mass starting at 10.am, according to Br. Sixtus Barigye, the Chairman of the ARU Golden Jubilee Publicity Committee.

Cardinal Prefect Joao Braz de Aviz, the Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated and Societies of Apostolic Life at Vatican (Picture attached) arrived in the country on Thursday morning and will be the Main Celebrant. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the Chief Guest during the celebrations, Br. Barigye said.

ARU brings together about 100 Institutes and Congregations of the Consecrated Men and Women of the Catholic Church in Uganda — including nuns, religious brothers and sisters and Priests belonging to Catholic societies like the Apostles of Jesus or Comboni Missionaries.

Cardinal de Aviz arrives at ARU headquarters in Nsambya on Saturday. (PML Daily PHOTO)

Writing in the Golden Jubilee Souvenir Magazine, Fr. Joseph Kyeyune, the ARU Chairman said the celebration calls for deeper reflection and more hard work by the Consecrated Men and Women of the Catholic Church.
Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said:

“This celebration gives us an opportunity to thank you, dear Religious men and women, for the great work you are doing in our local Church in Uganda. Kampala Archdiocese, in particular, is blessed to have over seventy various religious institutes of men and women serving God’s people in various areas of the apostolate i.e. catechism, spiritual renewal, education, health, charity and other social services,” he said.

“Many of you have positively responded to the call to adapt your charisms to the necessities of the apostolate, the demands of the culture, and social and economic circumstances,” Archbishop Lwanga said.

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