Hoima cathedral rededicated in Uganda

The Archbishop of Uganda has rededicated St Peter’s Cathedral in Hoima in Western Uganda following six months of renovation. Built in 1928, the church has been enlarged over the years and reached its current form in 1972 when it was named cathedral of the new Diocese of Bunyoro-Kitara and presently seats 700.  Following a fundraising […]

Corruption a cancer for Uganda, archbishop declares

The Primate of the Church of Uganda has called upon President Yoweri Museveni to crack down on government corruption. Speaking on June 5 at the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Patrick Tugume as bishop of North Kigezi at Emmanuel Cathedral in Rukungiri in southwest Uganda, Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi said the diversion of public money […]

Briefly noted: Court blocks Uganda episcopal election

A civil magistrate in Northern Uganda has issued an injunction blocking the election of a bishop for the Diocese of West Lango.  On May 24 Magistrate Everest Palodi of Lira granted a petition brought by lay members of the diocese seeking a halt to proceedings pending an explanation from the Church of Uganda’s House of […]

Uganda’s anti-Homosexuality bill fails to clear Parliament

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill has failed to make it through the country’s parliament. On May 13 the Ugandan Parliament adjourned without taking any action on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, introduced as a private members motion on Oct 14, 2009 by MP David Bahati of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).  The resolution had drawn widespread opprobrium from […]

Faith, not fear, the key to Uganda’s future

“Ugandans, your faith is under test,” Archbishop Henry Orombi has warned, as spiralling food and fuel prices have led to political and economic unrest in the East African nation. Prices for basic foodstuffs and fuel have risen sharply over the past year in Africa.  Following weeks of demonstrations, riots erupted in the centre of Kampala […]

Kampala Cathedral selling shares

The Church of Uganda is asking congregations across the country to purchase a share in All Saints Cathedral in Kampala, to help underwrite the costs of Africa’s newest and largest Anglican cathedral. Speaking to reporters last week during a tour of the works, Archbishop Henry Orombi said “our target is to raise at least 50 […]

Bishop calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality

A former Ugandan bishop has urged a UN panel in New York to press for the decriminalization of homosexuality to help fight the HIV/AIDs epidemic. On April 8, Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo told the panel the “criminalisation of homosexuality remains the most significant barrier” to halting the spread of the disease.  “We need to ask if […]

Plans for an Anglican University for Eastern Uganda unveiled

The dioceses of eastern Uganda have begun talks with local government officials to build a church-affiliated university in the Mbale region. However, Ugandan press reports that Mrs. Margaret Sentamu had been named chancellor of the new university were premature.  A spokesman for the Archbishop of York told The Church of England Newspaper that Mrs. Sentamu […]

Kampala cathedral foundation stone laid

The Archbishop of Uganda has laid the foundation stone for a new Anglican cathedral at a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan 27 in Kampala. The first phase of the All Saints Cathedral £6.6 million construction project is scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2012, in time for the cathedral’s centenary.  On Feb 27 Mr. Shem Byakagaba, […]

Ugandan murder condemned by Dr Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury has condemned the murder of a gay activist in Uganda, denouncing a defunct tabloid for stoking a climate of hatred against homosexuals. However, his intervention in the David Kato affair has proven to be politically parlous.  It has angered conservatives, distressed by Dr. Rowan Williams’ quickness to find homophobia in an […]