Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lodonga

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Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary
AffiliationRoman Catholic
DistrictRoman Catholic Diocese of Arua
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusMinor basilica
Year consecrated26 May 1961
LocationLodonga, Yumbe District,  Uganda
Geographic coordinates03°25′16″N 31°06′50″E / 3.42111°N 31.11389°E / 3.42111; 31.11389Coordinates: 03°25′16″N 31°06′50″E / 3.42111°N 31.11389°E / 3.42111; 31.11389

The Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Basilique Notre-Dame d’Afrique) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Lodonga, Uganda. The basilica is under the circumscription of the Diocese of Arua. The basilica was dedicated on May 26, 1961.[1]


Lodonga is located in Yumbe District, approximately, 17 kilometres (11 mi), by road, west of Yumbe Town, where the district headquarters are located.[2] This is approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi), north-east of Arua, the largest city in the West Nile sub-region.[3] The geographical coordinates of the basilica are 3°25'16.0"N, 31°06'50.0"E (Latitude:3.421111; Longitude:31.113889).[4]


Construction of the basilica was initiated by Reverend Father Pietro Valcavi, a Comboni Missionary during the 1950s. He worked closely with Father Bernardo Sartori, Reverend Father Toni La Salandra, Brother Arosio, with the blessing of Monseigneur Angelo Negri.[1]

The basilica was damaged during the war that removed Idi Amin from power in 1979. Repairs were don to repair and restore the cathedral, beginning in 1990, supervised by Brother Udeschini Giuseppe and Father Toni.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Felix Warom Okello, and Robert Elema (22 November 2015). "Sub-Saharan Africa's first Catholic Basilica towers in Muslim district". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ (12 February 2019). "Distance between Yumbe, UGA, and Lodonga, Aringa, Yumbe, UGA". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ (12 February 2019), Distance between Arua, UGA and Lodonga, Aringa, Yumbe, UGA,, retrieved 12 February 2019
  4. ^ Google (12 February 2019). "Location of Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Lodonga" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

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