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Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda: website and logo launched

Monday 16 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Brussels, Kampala, November 16th, 2015 (Amecea/SIGNIS). In Uganda, preparations for the visit of Pope Francis from November 27 to 29, 2015 are going well following the launch of the official website and the logo on Tuesday, November 11th, 2015 in Kampala.

The website, launched by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) at a Joint Press Conference with the Government, enables the Ugandan faithful to learn about the life and teachings of the Pope, his message of mercy and compassion ahead of his visit in two weeks’ time.

“We have the honour to launch the official website and unveil the official logo that will be used for formal purposes and on souvenirs to be sold out during the Papal visit to Uganda,” said the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, Most Rev. John Baptist Odama, also the chairman of the UEC adding. “The logo is an emblazonment of the 22 Catholic Martyrs in a circular structure on the Ugandan map with Pope Francis in the centre foreground. Blessed martyrs Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa from Paimol in Kitgum District are also included in the side. It also carries a picture of the Basilica at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine (Namugongo) in the background.”

The website on the other hand, will provide updates on the event, covering breaking news from withinUganda and from the Vatican, as well as the latest videos and photos from social media. It will also be the main resource for catechesis, official prayers, songs, and liturgy guides.

The website also provides historical context on previous apostolic journeys of the Pope and other Popes who visited Uganda in the past as well as why Uganda holds a special place in the heart of the Pope and in the life of the universal Church. It will also be the go-to site for media accreditation and the official source of statements, press releases, homilies, speeches and publicity materials.

The website and the logo were commissioned by the Papal Visit 2015 Central Organizing Committee through the UECInformation and Publicity Committee of the ICT Task team.

Archbishop Odama revealed that all preparations for the Pope’s visit are almost complete and urged all people of good will to continue with their generous donations towards the support of the reconstruction of Namugongo and Munyonyo shrines, places where the Pope will visit. He expressed hopes that the papal visit would open ways for further journeys of faith and mission and called upon everyone irrespective of their religion to come in huge numbers at the venues that will host the Pope.
“The pastoral visit of Pope Francis focused on Mercy and Compassion would certainly offer vast opportunities to experience grace, to hear callings, to value the poor, to renew society, to care for creation and to live honorably. At the end of the visit let us share stories of how the journey of Pope Francis to us has led us to other journeys of faith and mission,” he said.

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