The Holy Catholic Father Pope Francis will re-visit Uganda next year in July, East African Business Week can exclusively confirm.
The Pope has accepted the invitation extended to him by a bloc of African Catholic bishops, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) which will converge in Uganda to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary.
Pope Francis, born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, on 17 December 1936 is the 266th and current Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State.
Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina’s provincial superior of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina. The administrations of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner considered him a political rival.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Kampala Diocese archbishop, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, also confirmed that Pope Francis is scheduled to return to Uganda in July next year.
BY PAUL TENTENA