“We can say he is blessed because the Lord found him at work for Christ said Blessed is the servant whose master finds him when still doing his job when He comes,” 64-year-old Ugandan Bishop added in reference to the late Archbishop Kizito Lwanga.
He continued, “Having led the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, his savior found him still doing his job and was even ready and eager to celebrate the Easter vigil and Easter Sunday.”
“As we grieve for the loss of God’s shepherd, we ought not to grieve like those without hope for his resurrection, since after his death, he shall always be with the Lord,” Bishop Ssemogerere said.
“We commend Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga’s soul to the Blessed Virgin Mary who among all Saints was assumed to heaven body and soul. Through her soul, may he see God,” he further said and added, “We also commend him to the prayer of the Uganda Martyrs whose devotion he has greatly been spearheading.”
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Meanwhile, Uganda’s President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has led citizens of the East African nation in mourning the late Catholic Archbishop.
In his April 3 Tweet, President Museveni says he learnt of Archbishop Kizito Lwanga’s demise “with profound grief,” adding, “He has died in faith. May God grant his soul eternal repose.” President Museveni adds.
In another Tweet following the autopsy, the Ugandan President shares, “When I received the news of Archbishop Lwanga's death, I called the police surgeon who was involved in his postmortem and they told me the condition was well known. I asked them if it was the case, what did they do about it when he was alive!”
“Although religion gives us the comfort that when we die, it is because God has called us, I want our people to stay here as long as possible,” President Museveni further says in his April 6 Tweet.
He adds, “Doctors should have explored all options when dealing with known conditions like the one that killed Archbishop Lwanga.”
More Eucharistic celebrations in honor of the late Archbishop have been slated to take place on Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 at his native home of Kyabakadde, Mukono district, in the Kasana-Luweero Diocese of and at the Namugongo Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine in the Archdiocese of Kampala, respectively.
He is expected to be laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Lubaga Cathedral of Kampala Archdiocese on Thursday, April 8.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.