Joint Message  of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the World Day of prayer for creation The story of creation presents us with a panoramic view of the world. Scripture reveals that, “in the beginning”, God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. At first, as we read in Genesis, “no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up – for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground” (2:5). The earth was entrusted to us as a sublime gift and legacy, for which all of us share responsibility until, “in the end”, all things in heaven and on earth will be restored in Christ (cf. Eph 1:10). Our human dignity and welfare are deeply connected to our care for the whole of creation.
However, “in the meantime”, the history of the world presents a very different context. It reveals a morally decaying scenario where our attitude and behaviour …

Pope's advice on confronting suffering and pain

"Life is full of difficulties. But there are two ways to face these difficulties: to look at them as something that blocks you, that destroys you, that detains you, or to look at them as an opportunity. And you can make a choice.”

“Our God, like a father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain,comforting us. God caresses us! He loves us.”

"Let us not be imprisoned by the temptation to be alone and disheartened, to feel sorry for ourselves for what happens to us. Do not yield to useless logic and inconclusive fear, resigned to repeat that everything is wrong and nothing is like it used to be. This is the atmosphere of the tomb; the Lord wants to instead open the way of life, the encounter with Him, trust in Him, the resurrection of the heart.”

“In moments of sadness, whether a little or lot, in the dark moments: prayer, patience and…
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:46-49

These, the opening lines of our Blessed Mother’s glorious song of praise, reveal who she is. She is one whose whole life proclaims thegreatness of God and rejoices continually. She is one who is the perfection of humility and, therefore, highly exalted by every generation. She is the one for whom God has done great things and the one whom God has covered in holiness.

The Solemnity we celebrate today, that of her Assumption into Heaven, points to God’s acknowledgement of her greatness. God did not allow her to taste death or any consequences of sin. She was Immaculate, perfect in every way, from the moment of her conception to the moment she was taken body and soul into Heaven to reign as Queen for all eternity.

The Immaculate na…
We, the Catholic Bishops of Uganda, gathered at St. Augustine Institute in Nsambya, Kampala, for our Plenary Assembly of June 5 - 9, 2017, spent time discussing and reflecting on various issues affecting our Church and country. We therefore share with all our people the following matters of concern.
1.0. On the situation of refugees We note with deep concern the growing influx of refugees into Uganda following conflicts and economic hardship in some of our neighboring countries, especially South Sudan. We are grateful to our government for its open policy on refugees, and to Ugandans for the hospitality they have accorded to them for several decades now. For us Christians, refugees present an opportunity to witness to the love of Christ, who was himself a refugee in Egypt. We, therefore, encourage all Catholics and local communities in refugee host districts to continue embracing ref…