The Ugandan government has received criticism for promoting policies that would punish homosexuals with capital punishment. Fr. Lombardi reminded the media that the Holy Father is strictly opposed to the death penalty.
Ms. Kadaga along with several Ugandan deputies were among the thousands of visitors who attended Wednesday's general audience at Paul VI Hall. Kadaga has said that she's in favor of punishing homosexual relations with capital punishment.
Father Lombardi stressed the total opposition of the Church and the Holy See to the death penalty, as indicated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Vatican spokesman also clarified that "relations with the delegation were not outside the normal framework and there was no blessing."
"The group of Ugandan delegates greeted the Pope, as did many other persons who attended the audience with the Pope, which in no case is a specific sign of approval of the actions or proposals of Ms. Kadaga," he said.
The draft law in question was severely condemned by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala who recommended "a [more]benevolent Christian [approach]."