The people of Kampala, Uganda, and the Catholic Church woke up to the shocking news of the sudden demise of Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
He was 68.
According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Archbishop Lwanga was found dead in his room on Easter Saturday morning.
Prior to his death, the Clergyman, the CNA reports, had taken part in and also preached at the annual ecumenical Way of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral, Kampala’s Anglican cathedral on Good Friday, April 2.
“Jesus died for you, he died for me, he died for all of humanity. I wish a very, very…successful Way of the Cross,” Archbishop Lwanga said at the beginning of the Way of the Cross.
President Yoweri Museveni said in a tweet, “With profound grief, I have learnt of the death of Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. 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.”
The Archbishop of Church of Uganda and the Chancellor of the Uganda Christian University, The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu wrote in a tweet, “I am deeply suddened by the death of Archbp Dr. Cyprian Lwanga. Yesterday, we walked the Way of the Cross together & it is a shock to all of us. His clear Gospel voice of advocacy for the poor & oppressed, his commitment to Christian unity & justice for all will be dearly missed.”
The late Archbishop Lwanga was was a Ugandan Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala.
He was born in 1953 in Naggalama, Uganda, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Kampala in 1978.
He was appointed Bishop of Kasana-Luweero in 1996 and he was consecrated a bishop March 1, 1997.
In 2006, he was appointed Archbishop of Kampala; an office he held until his untimely death.