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Uganda Episcopal Conference held training for journalists before Papal visit

Wednesday 25 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Uganda, Brussels, November 25th, 2015 (AMECEA/SIGNIS). Just a few days l before the arrival of Pope Francis in Uganda, local journalists accredited to cover the Papal visit were better able to feed the public with accurate reporting after attending a day-long training on the purpose of the visit of His Holiness to Uganda and an overview of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

The training, which was held on Friday, 13th November, 2015, at the Uganda Catholic Secretariat premises, was organized by the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) in partnership with the Government of Uganda.

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A section of the journalists at the training

Pope Francis is expected to arrive at Entebbe International Airport at exactly 4.50 pm on November 27th from Kenya to Uganda for Apostolic Mission before his departure to the Central African Republic on November 29th.

During the training, Msgr John Kauta, Secretary General of UEC, declared “When Pope Francis visits Uganda next week huge numbers of faithful are hoping to see and hear the Holy Father’s Message. I am certain that there will be thousands of journalists all trying to get a unique quote, if not from the Holy Father’s message but from the people who will attend to see and hear him. We will need well-informed journalists from across the country who will represent the broad spectrum of our diverse Catholic family thus we organized this training.”

Rev. Fr Philip Odii, the UEC Executive Secretary of Social Communications Department, was the main facilitator at the training that attracted a total number of 62 journalists, both local and international; from secular and Church media.

His presentation covered a number of topics including the purpose and implication of the Holy Father’s visit to Uganda, an overview of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church and how to address the Catholic Church leaders.

“The purpose of this training is to guide you on how to report accurately without exaggeration, what kind of news to look out for and those to avoid during the Pope’s visit since these techniques are effective. As we prepare to receive the Holy Father, let us endeavor to listen to his message and report with open hearts and minds,” Fr. Philip explained.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Mr. Stephen Asimwe, and a representative from the Uganda Media Center, who were both in attendance, also equipped the journalists with other reporting techniques.

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