Thousands of Christians today gathered at different places of worship to celebrate Christmas.

In his Christmas homily, Archbishop of Kampala Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has called for the preservation of the environment to minimize the effects of climate change.

The Archbishop who led the Christmas Day mass at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala also spoke out against the wanton cutting of trees.

“I call upon those destroying lives and property to stop. Let’s remain peaceful”, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga implored.

He urged researchers and innovators to find sources of alternative energy for fuel instead of firewood and charcoal.

The Archbishop of Kampala Dr.Cyprian Kizito Lwanga also asked Christians to denounce hatred as they celebrate this Christmas.

In his message to the Congregation at Rubaga Cathedral this morning, Arch Bishop Lwanga said several people have been killed in cold blood due to the deep rooted hatred among Ugandans.

He said hatred will not take the country forward but will only deter development because it breeds unnecessary divisions.

Referring to the recent killings in Kasese district, he has urged Ugandans to raise their children with

The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali lashed out at wealthy individuals who grab land from the poor.

In his Christmas message, Archbishop Ntagali condemned land grabbing & forgery of land titles as he welcomed land probe committee that has been put in place by the president.

He also called for the peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Rwenzori sub-region.

A similar message was echoed by the Bishop of Kasese Diocese, Rt. Rev. Francis Aquirinus Kibira who also called for peace and reconciliation in the district following the recent clashes.

The  bishop urged all religious and local leaders in Kasese to preach the message of peace and work for the same.

Bishop Kibira made the call while delivering his Christmas sermon at the Catholic Cathedral near Kasese town.

Bishop Luwalira today called for the enforcement of law and order in the country during Christmas mass at Namirembe Cathedral and also prayed for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Kasese.

Pastor Zakaliya Sserwada of Evangel Church of Uganda called on president Museveni to forgive the embattled Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere who is battling several charges including terrorism.

Delivering his Christmas message to the congregation in Jinja, Sserwada implored the president to use this Christmass period to prepare for dialogue with the King Mumbere who is on remand at Luzira Prison

However Pastor Sserwada says that the Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ, President Museveni should consider forgiving the king for peace and harmony to prevail.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese John Baptist Odama has advised Ugandans to desist from being lured to fights against the government by their leaders.

Delivering his Christmas Sermon at St Joseph’s Cathedral Church this morning, Bishop Odama said such a move can plunge the country into violence.

Citing the recent killings in Kasese district in which over 100 lives were lost, the Bishop said a violent approach to addressing grievances only causes more harm, adding that the best way to solve problems is through dialogue.

The Bishop has also called on Ugandans to use the festive season to preach unity amongst as the only way to have a stable nation.

Meanwhile, Northern Uganda Diocese Bishop Rt. Rev Johnson Gakumba while giving his sermon at Christ Church warned police and security operatives against extorting money from suspects during their operations.

Bishop Gakumba said police should uphold professionalism and desist from acts of corruption and denial of justice.

The bishop’s warning comes amid numerous allegations that police officers and UPDF soldiers currently deployed to quell the insecurity in Gulu town were demanding for money from suspects arrested during patrols before they can be released.