first All-Africa Episcopal Symposium, which is being held in Kampala, Uganda, from July 28 to 31.
Thirty-two cardinals and bishops, representing all national and regional conferences, will attend the meetings to discuss the problems facing the Church in Africa.
Items on the agenda include: The problem of missionary vocations.
The urgent need for theology of the Church's involvement in social and national development.
The relations between bishops and missionary institutes.
The shortage of priests. African liturgy.
The role of catechists after the Second Vatican Council.
Ecumenism in Africa.
Projects concerning communication between Englishspeaking and French-speaking Africa.
PAN-AFRICAN MASS Pope Paul will arrive in Uganda at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, and will stay until Saturday evening, August 2.
After addressing the symposium he will meet Dr. Obote, the President.
On Friday, August 1, representatives from the symposium will join Pope Paul in an out door concelebrated pan-African Mass.
At 12 noon he will meet visiting heads of state, members of the Uganda Parliament and the diplomatic corps at the Parliament Buildings. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to centres of social and charitable works.
On Saturday morning the Pope will drive to Namugongo, where he will visit the church and shrine of the Church of Uganda and meet leaders of the Christian churches.
At 9.45 a.m. he will bless the altar of the new Catholic National Shrine of the Uganda Martyrs. This will be followed by another outdoor Mass attended by several hundred thousand people.
The Pope will celebrate Mass on a small island in the middle of a lake near the new shrine. He will baptise 22 children and give them First Communion. The number of children symbolizes the 22 Catholic martyrs.
At 4 p.m. the Pope will meet priests and religious at Rubaga. Then he will drive to Entebbe for the official departure ceremony. At 7 p.m. he will fly back to Rome, having spent slightly more than 48 hours in Africa.