In a significant acknowledgment of Uganda’s dedication to family values and religious ethics, Pope Francis expressed his appreciation to President Yoweri Museveni and Speaker of Parliament Anita Among during a private meeting at the Vatican in Rome.
The Pontiff praised these leaders for their endeavors in safeguarding fundamental societal principles and encouraged them to persist in their pursuits for the betterment of future generations.
During the audience, Pope Francis emphasized the crucial role that families play in establishing a flourishing society. He conveyed his gratitude, stating, “I extend my thanks to the people of Uganda for upholding the importance of family; families are the bedrock of society.”
His sentiments mirrored the Vatican’s recognition of the substantial contribution that robust families provide to a nation’s overall welfare.
The Pope also commended Speaker Among’s parliamentary leadership, motivating her to remain steadfast in her work to enact laws that uphold societal and spiritual values, underscoring the significance of religious principles in shaping a fair and harmonious community.
Furthermore, Pope Francis praised President Museveni for his exceptional leadership, especially his commitment to human rights and the compassionate approach of the Ugandan government towards refugees.
“I also commend Uganda for being a hospitable nation, particularly in hosting refugees,” acknowledged Pope Francis, reflecting the nation’s commendable efforts in assisting displaced populations.
In a heartfelt gesture, the Pope extended his congratulations to President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni on their 50th wedding anniversary.
He acknowledged not only their enduring partnership but also Museveni’s exceptional guidance, leading the nation through challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic while staying dedicated to preserving cultural heritage and values.
Shifting focus to Speaker Among, Pope Francis urged her to persist in safeguarding spiritual values, reminding her of their crucial role in fostering an equitable society. “I encourage you to uphold your strong Christian values and consistently advocate for legislation that ensures religious freedom, economic equity, and social fairness, as exemplified in the Bible,” urged the Pope. He additionally stressed the importance of decisions aligning with religious principles and avoiding actions that could deter people from their faith.
In response to the Pope’s blessings, Speaker Among conveyed her gratitude for the prayers and support from Pope Francis, extending warm greetings from President Museveni. She also expressed her thankfulness for the opportunity to have a private meeting with the Pontiff, marking her third visit to the Vatican.
The Pope’s message not only underscores the Vatican’s acknowledgment of Uganda’s commitment to preserving family and religious values but also emphasizes the significance of leadership that upholds these principles in guiding a nation toward a prosperous and harmonious future.