The Catholic Church yesterday declined to divulge details regarding the much-anticipated Pope Francis’s visit to Uganda.
They, however, appealed to believers to contribute towards the June 3 Martyrs Day celebrations in a campaign to raise Shs300 million for the event. “The Pope has been invited (to Uganda) and he said he is interested in coming.
What I know up to now, we have not received an official answer and communication as to when,” said Lira Diocese Bishop Joseph Franzelli when asked about the Pontiff’s visit.
Bishop Franzelli said he too was waiting for the answer from the Vatican.
“I suppose everybody would like to know the answer and I am one of those who would like to get one. I don’t want to deceive you but what I can share with you is that on June 6, the Pope will be in the former Yugoslavia. So it is clear he will not be here on the June 3.”
Msgr John Baptist Kauta, the secretary general of Uganda Episcopal Conference, urged Ugandans to avoid speculating about the Pope’s visit but instead pray about it.
On the cost of the celebrations, Bishop Franzelli said: “The celebrations of the 2015 Martyrs Day have been estimated to cost at least Shs300m. In an effort to raise the funds, we are appealing to all God loving and generous people to give us a hand in raising this money towards all the necessary preparations.”
The 2015 celebrations will be led by Lira Diocese.