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President Museveni Preaches Wealth Creation to African Bishops

The president made the call while addressing a congregation at Rubaga Cathedral, where African Bishops under the umbrella association of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) converged for mass this morning.

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President Yoweri Museveni has challenged the Church to engage parishioners in wealth creation to foster development and raise standards of living on the continent.   

The president made the call while addressing a congregation at Rubaga Cathedral, where African Bishops under the umbrella association of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) converged for mass this morning.  

The president who arrived more than an hour before the planned time requested to deliver his message before the mass, in order to enable him to attend to other pressing issues. 

Museveni noted that without doubt Africa is doing well spiritually than any other continent in the world, where, according to him, the flock and shepherds seem to have lost focus and allowed evils like homosexuality to penetrate the Church. 

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He, however, worry that although Africans have developed spiritually, the continent is still locked under formidable poverty which needs to be checked by efforts and forces from the political and religious arena.  

Museveni says that although Africa has a big mass of land and big population as compared to the United States of America, its productivity rate is too low as many people are stuck in subsistence farming over the years.  

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The president stresses that the poverty of the people on the continent hurts the government and the Church in equal measure since it is difficult to preach to the poor. He says he always observed that even while offering to Church, many still have nothing to offer to their God. 

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Over 300 African prelates are in Uganda for the 18th Plenary Assembly and Golden Jubilee-SECAM which will run up to July 29. In their plenary which will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo for a full week, the Bishops expect to deliberate on how far the Church in Africa has come in its evangelizing mission. 

Discussions of the assembly will deliberate on the new pastoral priorities for the Church in Africa by reviewing the journey of SECAM and give direction on where the Church in Africa should be in the next fifty years, in terms of pastoral priorities.