Church invites Pope to Uganda, denounces gays

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Posted  Wednesday, December 25  2013 at  02:00


The Archbishop of Kampala Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga yesterday backed the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. He, however, called on government to have the victims counselled and helped to reform instead of subjecting them to life imprisonment.

Dr Lwanga, while delivering his Christmas and new year message to Ugandans emphasised yesterday that the institution of marriage was established by God “with its own nature, essential properties and purpose” and must be respected.

“No ideology can erase from the human spirit that marriage exists sorely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend towards the communion of persons,” he added. He called on parents to sensitise their children about the dangers of homosexuality that is being promoted by some interest groups.

Parliament last week passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that prescribes life imprisonment for anybody found guilty of practicing it.

The archbishop also announced that Uganda has invited Pope Francis to grace the occasion of the canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs due October 2014. “Next year in October, we shall be celebrating 50 years of canonisation of the Uganda Martyrs. The Holy Father, Pope Francis has been invited here to come and grace the occasion,” he said.