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CATHOLIC LAWYERS MOURN ARCHBISHOP LWANGA

By Mulengera Reporter

Catholic lawyers under their umbrella Catholic Lawyers Society International (CLSI) joined the rest of Ugandans and international community at large to mourn the departed prelate His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala.

In their condolence message to the Rt. Rev. Bishop Antony Ziwa, the Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference, CLSI through their President, Mr. Severino Twinobusingye, not that they received with profound sorrow the news of the death of Dr. Lwanga.

“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Your Lordship Rt. Rev. Bishop Antony Ziwa, Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference and through Your Lordship, to His Excellency Luigi Bianco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, all Uganda Catholic Bishops and our Patron the Rt. Rev. Bishop Filippi Giuseppe, all Religious, the Clergy and the Universal Roman Catholic Church,” said Mr. Twinobusingye in the condolence message.

He added: “We believe that, the fact of his death on Good Friday is consistent with God’s plan of salvation for Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. His death is consistent with Christ Jesus’ suffering on Good Friday, crucifixion, death and resurrection on Easter. This is evidence of his faith in Jesus, in whom he strongly believed. Therefore, at this point in time, we need to focus on his death in light of faith in Jesus Christ, the way to eternal life where Cyprian Kizito Lwanga is.”

Mr. Twinobusingye appealed to all Catholics to celebrate the life of Dr. Lwanga, noting that he loved Jesus Christ and dedicated his entire life to him upto the last hour of his death.

According to the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference, Monsignor John Baptist Kauta, Dr. Lwanga was found dead on Saturday morning April 3, 2021 at his residence in Lubaga. Dr. Lwanga became the Archbishop of Kampala in 2006 after the retirement of Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala.

On Friday April 2, 2012, Dr. Lwanga joined the Archbishop of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu in the way of the cross that took place at Namirembe Cathedral. It was said that Dr. Lwanga had been sick for some days a week earlier but by Friday April 2, he was in good health. According to Father Phillip Odi, the spokesperson of the Episcopal Conference, it is suspected that he could have died of a heart attack after a hectic Friday.

Who is Dr Lwanga?

Born in January 1953, Dr. Lwanga was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala on August 19, 2006.

He attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala. In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, where he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.

He was ordained a priest on April 8, 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until November 30, 1996.

He was appointed first Bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on November 30, 1996 and consecrated Bishop on March 1, 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.

On August 19, 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on September 30, 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.

On February 2, 2020 Dr. Lwanga issued a decree that Catholics in the Archdiocese of Kampala could only receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not on the hand. Official mourning for the late Dr. Lwanga started on Monday April 5 with mass at 10:00am at Rubaga Cathedral without the body.

On Tuesday April 6, the body left Mulago Mortuary straight to his ancestral home at Kyabakadde along Gayaza road. He was buried on Thursday April 8, 2021 at the Metropolitan Burial Grounds besides Rubaga Cathedral. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

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