The first African Roman Catholic Bishop in the West Uganda Diocese of Toro has been enthroned.
GV Virika Church crowds
GV & SVs Amin being greeted by ministers (2 shots)
MV INT. Choir singing & ministers arriving (2 shots)
SV PAN New Bishop arriving
SV Amin seated
MV Archbishop Bellotti conducts service (3 shots)
MV Choir singing
SV, MV New bishop seated congratulated by Amin (2 shots)
MV New Bishop
GV PAN Bongregation
MV Amin & bishop & others out of church.
MV Other ministers & guests in churchyard
MV Left to Right Magambo, Amin, Bellotti, & Macauley
Initials SGM/2016 SGM/2001
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Background: The first African Roman Catholic Bishop in the West Uganda Diocese of Toro has been enthroned. The Right Reverend Father Sepriane Bwemi Magambo succeeds Bishop Vincent Macauley, an American. Bishop Macauley is moving to a new post in Kenya.
The changeover came as General Amin advocated the Africanisation of all churches in Uganda saying that Europeans should go home and leave Ugandans to control their own churches.
The General told Christian and Moslem leaders in the armed services to advise their respective churches of his wishes, adding that if it is necessary for some European clergy to stay on, they should be at religious training centres.
SYNOPSIS: The first African Roman Catholic Bishop in the West Uganda diocese of Toro has been enthroned in this church. The ceremony was attended by General Amin who had just denounced the presence of overseas religious leaders in Uganda.
The new Bishop, the Right Reverend Father Sepriane Bwemi Magambo succeeds Bishop Vincent Macauley, an American who is moving to a new post in Kenya. Archbishop Bellotti, the Papal Pro-Nuncio in Uganda, assisted by a number of other Bishops, performed the enthronement ceremony.
The changeover came just after General Amin advocated the Africanisation of all churches in Uganda. He told white clergy they should go back to Europe and let black Ugandans manage their own religious affairs. General Amin went on to say that if it is necessary for some European clergy to stay in Uganda, they should be at religious training centres; and he asked Christian and Moslem leaders in the armed forces to advise their respective religions of his wishes.
The General told the military man he was placing the responsibility for turning the churches over to Ugandan control in their hands. He said it would be their duty to see that in every province Ugandans are in positions of responsibility.
There are about fourteen hundred European clergy and missionaries in Uganda.. most being Roman Catholic. General Amin said the Catholic Church in Uganda is the responsibility of the Uganda Government - and while the Vatican, for example, could assist its churches...it must have no control.