AFRICA/UGANDA - Evangelization through education, health and socio-economic development

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Kampala (Agenzia Fides) - The Ugandan bishops recently gathered in Plenary Assembly focused on the process of evangelization that must be carried out in the country through education, health and socio-economic development. "The Bishops were provided with the opportunity to share their concerns for the economy, industrialization, youth unemployment, refugees and migrants, climate change and its effects in light of the encyclical Laudato Si’ as well as instability and insecurity in some parts of the country", reads the statement signed by the President of the Ugandan Bishops' Conference (UEC), Msgr. Joseph Antony Zziwa.
Among the issues addressed during the meeting, held at the St. Augustine Institute (SAI), in Nzambya, the participants highlighted some of the challenges to be faced. Among them, widespread poverty and the high cost of living. The bishops in this sense, wanted to encourage the Ugandan government to continue "in its strategic planning for the betterment of the human condition and life".
UEC resolved "to focus their attention” on the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality that is scheduled to take place in October 2023 in Rome. According to the note sent to Fides, the bishops further called for "recognition of the dignity of the human person in accordance with the National Constitution, human rights and the teaching of the Church".
During their Plenary Assembly that was opened by the Apostolic Nuncio in Uganda, Archbishop Luigi Bianco, UEC members also received reports from institutions affiliated to the Catholic Church in the country, including the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the Bible Society of Uganda, the Joint Medical Stores, and the ECLOF Uganda Limited. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 23/6/2022)