|MESSAGE FROM THE NUNCIO ON THE 2016 JUBILEE|
To His Lordship Bishop Callist Rubaramira,
God’s mercy guides us by his Word of Truth and keeps us on the “narrow path” (see Matt. 7:13-14 ) that leads to life through the preaching and witness of the People of God. As we thank God for this Fiftieth Jubilee, may His mercy help us be aware of the constant effort needed to nourish the Diocese and its mission, particularly through its “Domestic Churches”, its Catholic Families. We praise God that strong and Christ-centered families have been the “living stones” (see 1 Pet. 2 , 14-15) of the Diocese from the beginning. They have likewise always been the support of the selfless labor of catechists since the beginning and will be indispensable for the years to come.
They have furthermore sustained the efforts of so many generous and heroic Catholics, who, in a great variety of ways and with much generosity, have contributed to the Diocese for these past fifty years.
We know, however, that the Christian family today suffers violence from powerful influences coming both from outside Uganda and from within. Do not cease to pray the Holy Spirit for the wisdom and courage to correct worldly “traditions” of recent origin that endanger marriage in Christ, leaving couples indebted for years or even unable to embrace it. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we do well to ponder Mark 7, 8-9 and the Holy Father’s
The strong faith of courageous Christian families is the best way to maintain our Catholic identity and not be blown about by many harmful winds (see Matt, 7,25) that want to reduce our faith to what “feels good” and is socially acceptable, but that make us “enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3,18). Remain built on Christ and the solid foundation of communion with the Successor of Peter (see Matt. 16,18) and his profession of faith.
With these intentions in mind and heart, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, bestows on all the members of the Church in Kabale his Apostolic Blessing as pledge of God’s grace to accompany you into the next fifty years of your sacred mission.
Kampala, July 31st, 2016
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