Dr Cyprian Lwanga’s burial program out

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Kampala Catholic Diocese Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga; File Photo

Official mourning for the late Archbishop for Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, will start on Monday Jan 5, 2020 and the deceased be buried on Thursday -this website has learnt.

According to a tentative program released by Catholic Church on Sunday, the official mourning will start on Monday with a mass at 10am at Rubaga cathedral but without the body of the deceased.

On Tuesday, the body will leave Mulago Hospital mortuary and taken to his ancestral home at Kyabakadde along Gayaza road where it will stay overnight. A mass will also be held at his home at 10AM.

On Wednesday, Archbishop Lwanga’s body will arrive at Rubaga Cathedral and a mass conducted at 10am followed by a public viewing in front of the cathedral.

“Burial will take place on Thursday with a mass starting at 10am at the metropolitan burial grounds besides Rubaga cathedral,” the program indicates.

However, the program says that if there appears a will specifying a change in the burial grounds, Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga’s burial place will be changed accordingly.

Archbishop Lwanga was announced dead on Saturday hours after participating in Good Friday religious events. He was reportedly found dead in his house.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr Samuel Steven Kaziimba Mugalu who spent the most part of Friday with Lwanga said he was shocked by the sudden death of the man of God.

“Just yesterday, we walked on 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,” Kaziimba said.

President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday mourned Lwanga as one who died in faith.

“I join the Catholic Church, all religious faithful, and the country in mourning Archbishop Lwanga. He has died in faith. May God grant his soul eternal repose,” Museveni said.

Born in 1953, at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, in Mukono district, Lwanga attended Kyabakadde primary school before joining Nyenga Seminary in 1964.

Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in the present day Kalungu District.

He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala and in 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrandin France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration.

Later, he studied at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, wherein 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.

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

Lwanga was appointed the first Bishop of the Kasana-Luweero Diocese in 1996. In 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala to succeed Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala who had resigned.

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