Down to the Wire: Just $4,937 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

African leaders back Nyerere’s canonization cause

Catholic World News - June 02, 2010

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Jakaya Kitwete of Tanzania voiced support for the canonization cause of Julius Nyerere (1922-99), Tanzania’s founding president. Mr. Nyerere converted to Catholicism at 21, attended Mass daily, and led a single-party state that was known for government control of the economy.

“Tanzania has been the most peaceful country in East Africa because the people have been able to harvest from [Nyerere’s] principles,” President Museveni said on June 1 at the Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine at Namugongo (Uganda). “We should continue praying that he reaches a stage where he could be declared a blessing of God.”

“Anything that elevates the name of Tanzania in the Catholic Church is something that I will always support,” added President Kitwete, a Muslim. “He left his job to lead the struggle for the independence of Tanzania and later led the process of building our country.”

Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala celebrated Mass at the shrine; Nyerere’s widow was among those in attendance.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($52,532 to go):
$150,000.00 $97,468.13
35% 65%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy November 26
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25