October 11, 2015

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101115)

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Positivity: Ugandans are eagerly preparing for papal visit with prayer, penance

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Gulu, Uganda:

Oct 8, 2015 / 06:02 am

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works.

“The Pope’s visit and presence during the celebrations requires us to prepare in a special way. The nature of this visit is primarily pastoral and spiritual,” Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu said in his Oct. 7 pastoral letter on behalf of his fellow bishops.

Although Pope Francis will be the third Roman Pontiff to visit Uganda – the only African nation that can lay claim to such a privilege – the real excitement comes from his visit coinciding with the 50th anniversary celebration of the canonization of the Ugandan Martyrs.

These 22 holy men and women, “whose blood has been the seed of Christianity in this country” Archbishop Odama said, were executed by the king in the 1880s for refusing to denounce their faith. Blessed Paul VI canonized them Oct. 18, 1964.

In order to prepare for these events, Archbishop Odama asked that Catholics unite in prayer by praying a set of one “Our Father”, one “Hail Mary”, and one “Glory be” before the final blessing at each Mass from now until the papal visit, “for the intentions of the Pope and the success of his visit.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Africa from Nov. 25-30, with his first stop in Kenya from Nov. 25-27, followed by Uganda Nov. 27-29, and finally the Central African Republic Nov. 29-30. …

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