The Ugandan Archbishop adds in reference to the late Catholic Archbishop, “We know that he has moved into the nearer presence of our Lord and is advancing from glory to glory. He fought the good fight; he finished the race; he kept the faith. Now he, who longed for our Lord's appearing, receives the crown of righteousness.”
In his “open letter of condolence to Uganda's Roman Catholics” addressed to the Chancellor of Kampala Archdiocese, Fr. Ssentumbwe, the Ugandan Archbishop further says, “On behalf of the Church of Uganda, please accept our sincerest condolences to you and all Ugandan Roman Catholics who are grieving the sudden death of Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga,”
“We are praying for you, your people, and all Ugandans that we will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit at this time of great loss, and at the same time rejoice that Archbishop Cyprian's name was written in the Book of Life,” Archbishop Kaziimba of the Church of Uganda says in his April 3 letter obtained by ACI Africa.
The late Archbishop Kizito Lwanga was ordained a Priest of Kampala Archdiocese in April 1978.
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He was appointed Bishop of Uganda’s Kasana-Luweero Diocese in November 1996. His episcopal ordination took place on 1 March 1997. He was transferred to Kampala Archdiocese in August 2006 and installed as Archbishop in September 2006.
At the celebrations marking Martyrs’ Day in Uganda last June, the late Archbishop called on the people of God under his pastoral care to follow the example of the Ugandan martyrs in view of strengthening their Christian faith within their respective families amid COVID-19 challenges.
“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 Kizito Lwanga said 3 June 2020, the annual event that is also known as the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions.
Archbishop Kizito 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.”