.- Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala was found dead in his room Saturday morning. He was 68, and had preached at an ecumenical Way of the Cross the preceding evening.
The Ugandan bishops’ conference said April 3 that “the members of the Conference extend their condolences to the Clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Kampala, and the Catholic Church in Uganda.”
Archbishop Kizito Lwanga had taken part on Good Friday in the annual ecumenical Way of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral, Kampala’s Anglican cathedral.
Stephen Kaziimba, the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, commented that “just yesterday, we walked the Way of the Cross together, and it is a shock to all of us. His clear Gospel voice of advocacy for the poor and oppressed, his commitment to Christian unity, and justice for all will be dearly missed.”
The late Archbishop Lwanga was born in 1953, and he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Kampala in 1978.
He was appointed Bishop of Kasana-Luweero in 1996, when the see was erected from the Kampala archdiocese, and he was consecrated a bishop March 1, 1997.
In 2006 he was appointed Archbishop of Kampala.
“It is time for us to strengthen the domestic Church following the example of the martyrs of the early Church and by doing so, become stronger in faith,” Archbishop Lwanga said June 3, 2020, the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions.
Archbishop Lwanga went on to encourage family members to own and read the Bible on a daily basis, saying, “Fortunately, for us as Catholics, every day of the year there are readings we are invited to meditate on. And all those readings invite us for renewal. Let us read and meditate on them as families.”
Before the pandemic spread to Uganda, he had forbidden the reception of Holy Communion in the hand, and reaffirmed that those “living in illicit marital co-habitation” cannot be admitted to Holy Communion.
04 Apr 2021, 04:49 GMT+10
KAMPALA, April 3 (Xinhua) — Uganda’s head of the Catholic Church Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has died at the age of 68 in the capital of Kampala, a top church official announced here Saturday.
Pius Male Ssentumbwe, the chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese, said in a statement issued here that His Grace Archbishop Lwanga was found dead in his bedroom Saturday morning.
The statement did not mention the cause of his death.
Lwanga on Friday joined other religious leaders and thousands of Christian believers in the procession and celebrated mass in Kampala.
He was born on Jan. 19, 1953 at Kyabakadde village, Naggalama in the central district of Mukono.
Lwanga was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala and head of the Catholic Church in the east African country on Aug. 19, 2006.