Catholic Church


Republic of Uganda (Uganda)


Also known as: l’Ouganda (français), Uganda (Deutsch, español, Italiano, polski, Português, latine), 烏干達 (正體中文), ウガンダ (日本語)

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Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (4)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (15)

Military Ordinariates Military Ordinariate (1)

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Roman Rite (20): Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Hoima, Jinja, Kabale, Kampala, Kasana–Luweero, Kasese, Kiyinda–Mityana, Kotido, Lira, Lugazi, Masaka, Mbarara, Military Ordinariate of Uganda, Moroto, Nebbi, Soroti, Tororo

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Apostolic Nunciature: Uganda Archbishop Luigi Bianco (64)

Conference of Bishops: Uganda Episcopal Conference Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa (68)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (A.M.E.C.E.A.) Bishop Charles Joseph Sampa Kasonde (55)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcopales d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (64)

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Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala (97)Emmanuel Wamala (97)

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Patron Saint: Mary Queen of Africa

Saints: 22 Saints, 3 Blesseds

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Continent: Eastern and Central Africa

Capital: Kampala

Area: 197,100 km²

Population: 39,570,125

Neighbouring Countries: Rwanda Rwanda, ← Congo-Kinshasa Congo-Kinshasa, ↑ South Sudan South Sudan, → Kenya Kenya, ↓ Tanzania Tanzania

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 45.1% (Anglican 32.0%, Pentecostal/Born Again/Evangelical 11.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.7%, Baptist .3%), Roman Catholic 39.3%, Muslim 13.7%, other 1.6%, none 0.2%

Languages: English (official national language, taught in grade schools, used in courts of law and by most newspapers and some radio broadcasts), Ganda or Luganda (most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications in the capital and may be taught in school), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Swahili, Arabic

Ethnic Groups: Baganda 16.5%, Banyankole 9.6%, Basoga 8.8%, Bakiga 7.1%, Iteso 7%, Langi 6.3%, Bagisu 4.9%, Acholi 4.4%, Lugbara 3.3%, other 32.1%

Motto: For God and My Country (English)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 241,038 km²

Catholic Population: 20,078,000 Catholics (46.8% of 42,886,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 686 parishes, 6,113 mission stations (38 with resident priest, 6,075 without resident priest), 705 other centres

Clergy: 29 bishops (18 diocesan, 11 titular), 2,637 priests (2,239 diocesan, 398 religious)

Non-Clergy: 4,725 religious (729 brothers, 3,996 sisters), 6 members of secular institutes (2 brothers, 4 sisters), 1,746 major seminarians, 54 missionaries, 20,790 catechists


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