Kampala, 09 April, 2021 / 6:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (AMECEA) has, in separate statements, condoled with the people of God in Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania following the death of Catholic Prelates in their respective countries.
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Archbishop emeritus Paolino Lukudu Loro of Juba Archdiocese in South Sudan, and Bishop Alfred Leonhard Maluma of Tanzania’s Njombe Diocese died on April 3, April 5 and April 6, respectively.
In the letter addressed to Bishop Anthony Zziwa, the President of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), the leadership of AMECEA sends “sincere condolences and profound sympathy” to the Bishops in Uganda and the people of God in the Archdiocese of Kampala.
Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa recall Archbishop Kizito Lwanga’s hosting of the launch and conclusion of the year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in July 2018 and July 2019 respectively.
The memories of SECAM Golden Jubilee events are “so fresh” making it “difficult to believe that he has left us so suddenly,” Bishops of the nine-nation regional conference say in the letter signed by AMECEA Chairman, Bishop Charles Kasonde of Zambia’s Solwezi Diocese.