Uganda

Fr Tom Smolich addressing teachers at Pagirinya Secondary School (JRS)
On a recent trip to Uganda, Fr Thomas Smolich SJ, the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, reiterated JRS’s commitment to the service and accompaniment of the refugee population in Uganda, particularly in the area of education. Currently, Uganda hosts the largest refugee population in Africa. The official figures put the number of refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda at 1,395,146, most of whom from South Sudan.In Kampala, Fr Tom interacted with many of the refugees supported...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after the first visit of a pontiff to an active war zone. As his security staff and those who were responsible for keeping him safe during his weeklong visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) breathed a sigh of relief that the trip was without incident, he spoke of the joyful welcome he had received and the spirit of the people, despite their conditions. "It was the joy [that impressed him],” he told journalists on the plane back to...
Kenya prepares to welcome Pope Francis
The apostolic visit to Africa that starts today will be the first time that Jorge Mario Bergoglio has ever set foot on African soil. However Pope Francis, on this, his 11th international trip, will follow in the footsteps of the Pontiffs who preceded him. Blessed Paul VI went to Uganda in 1969 to consecrate the Sanctuary of Namugongo; and Pope St John Paul II’s many journeys to the continent included three visits to Kenya (1980, 1985 and 1995) and one to the Central African Republic (1985).Pope...
Previous overseas visit: Pope Francis in South Korea
Security will be tight for Pope Francis’ first apostolic visit to Africa beginning on Wednesday (25 November). During his six-day journey that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, he will address politicians and religious leaders, visit poor communities, anticipate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and meet members of the Muslim community at a Mosque.Although this apostolic visit will be Francis' 11th journey abroad, it will be his first ever trip to Africa – even before...
The Queen has honoured a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Edmund Page was among 58 people from 35 Commonwealth countries who received the award, which was set up in honour of Her Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.Edmund was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to...
A Stonyhurst alumnus who set up a charity in East Africa that helps refugee children get an education has been named as one of the recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award 2014.Edmund Page was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to provide educational opportunities to refugees living in urban areas in Kenya and Uganda. The project acts as mentors to the youngsters, funds their schooling and puts them through courses to teach them...