Pope Francis Hails Museveni, Among for Preserving Family Values

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Pope Francis has thanked the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni and the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Annet Among Magogo for protecting family values, urging them to continue on the same path to safeguard future generations.

In a private audience with Mrs Among at the Vatican-Rome, on Friday August 25, 2023, Pope Francis said family is the backbone of society, which deserves collective protection.

Pope Francis having a one on one with Speaker Among.

“I thank you [Anita Among], Parliament and the people of Uganda for upholding family values; the family is the rock on which society stands,” the Holy Father said.

Pope Francis commended Ms Among for her leadership of Parliament, encouraging her to remain steadfast in legislating to promote societal and godly values.

The Pope also hailed President Museveni as a brilliant leader who has worked for humanity through the government’s protection of human rights and its welcoming stance towards refugees.

“I also thank Uganda for being a very hospitable nation as far as hosting refugees is concerned,” Pope Francis said. The Pope also congratulated Mr Museveni upon his 50th marriage anniversary.

“I send warm congratulations and wishes to His Excellence the President, and the first lady Janet Museveni upon their  golden Jubilee Anniversary, and for the President’s  brilliance  in leading the people through catastrophes such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and the  belief in culture and values,” Pope Francis said.

He urged Speaker Among to remain steadfast in protecting religious values.

“I urge you to continue standing by your strong Christian values and always promote legislation that will ensure freedom of worship, economic freedom and social justice as exemplified in the Bible; as a Parliamentarian always be sensitive to decisions and legislation that separates people from the will of God,” he said.

In response, Speaker Among thanked the Pope for his prayers and blessings towards her leadership, and extended greetings from President Museveni.

She appreciated Pope Francis for inviting and according her private audience at the Vatican.

This is Among’s third visit to the Vatican.

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