Ugandans Plead With Pope Over Harsh Anti-Gay Laws

Ugandans Plead With Pope Over Harsh Anti-Gay Laws

Pope Francis is expected to leave Kenya on Friday afternoon and arrive at the Entebbe International Airport this afternoon.

He will be received by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and later meet with clergy, teachers, youth and diplomatic corps. However, missing from the list are members of the gay community who now want to meet with the pope in private.

According to Mugisha, gays who profess the Catholic faith, wrote to the Vatican requesting for this meeting but are yet to receive a reply. Human Rights Watch Uganda chapter is also said to have written a letter in regards to the Uganda Pope visit raising serious concerns over human rights issues.

There has been severe backlash against homosexuals particularly in Uganda and majority hope that his visit will change that trend.

When the pope lands in Uganda, he will be received by President Yoweri Museveni, who will then lead him to state house for bilateral talks.  After the meeting at State House in Entebbe, Ugandan teachers will meet with Pope Francis in Munyonyo, alongside catechists.

This is in stark contrast with his arrival in Kenya on Wednesday, November 25, where he only met with senior government officials and members of the first family, before leaving for the nunciature in Lavington where he is residing.

Kenyan teachers were not included in the programme for the papal visit. Kenya National Union of Teachers chairman Wilson Sossion however pleaded with pope to pray for the welfare of tutors in the country.

On Saturday, Pope Francis will visit the Anglican Shrine of the Martyrs and the Catholic Shrine of the Martyrs both in Namugongo. A holy mass will follow thereafter in the catholic shrine.

The pope will then hold a meeting with young people at Kololo airstrip and later proceed to to the Charitable Centre of Nalukolongo for a short tour and later hold final talks with clergy at the Archbishop’s house and at the cathedral.

The Pope’s Ugandan tour ends on Sunday morning when he leaves for the Central African Republic (CAR), the third and final African country to host the world leader of Catholic Church.

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