Catholic Archbishop Pays Visit to Muslim Clergy

Inter Religious Council of Uganda Head, Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, pays first visit to Muslim clergy

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, chairman of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) on January 20 made his first visit to the Muslim seat at Old Kampala where he advised Muslims to unite. Archbishop Lwanga was accompanied by over 150 Roman Catholic priests from Kampala Archdiocese and was received by Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje. The Archbishop said, "We are here to demonstrate our oneness in Christ because we are all ancestors of Abraham." He called for unity among Catholics and Muslims if peace is to reign in the country.

"We are brothers and sisters as seen from creation. This brotherhood should be maintained and we as religious leaders should carry it on to God's subjects so that we live in peace and harmony," Archbishop Lwanga said. "Concentrate on what builds us than what disunites us, because our goal is to achieve development which we cannot attain without unity," said Sheikh Mubajje.

The Sheikh added, "you handle your misunderstandings calmly, unlike us Muslims; and I admire you for that. Conflicts are everywhere: among individuals, families, and groups; they seem normal although dangerous. However, if handled well, they can enhance development." Sheikh Mubajje, also advised the church leaders to concentrate on peace as a form of promoting unity among Ugandans of different faiths to ensure future development.

The visit, which was coordinated by the IRCU, was part of the activities of the Kampala Archdiocese Catholic Priests' workshop that has been going on at Ggaba since Sunday. The five-day workshop is an annual activity organized by the Catholic Church to renew faith and educate its leaders. 44 percent of Uganda's 28.3 million people are Catholic; 42 percent are Protestant, and 12 percent are Muslim.
 
Date: 1/22/2010
Source: Catholic Information Service for Africa
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www.cisanewsafrica.org
 
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