By Jjunju Francis Jjunju
8th April 2021
The remains of His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who passed on last Saturday April 3, 2021 have been laid to rest in Rubaga Cathedral, in pain and grief from those present and a far.
He has been laid to rest at a spot between Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka and Bishop Edouard Michaud.
Despite the love to the late Archbishop many have not had a chance to attend his burial due to the restrictions against the spread of Covid-19 and Police alongside other security agencies allowed only 500 people including priests, religious and a few invited people to attend the burial while all the rest followed from home through the media while assistant priests also led masses in all the 70 parishes that make up the Archdiocese to commend his soul to the Lord.
In the last Mass led by Rt. Rev. Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa the Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference and the ordinary of Kiyinda Mityana diocese, he consoled the entire priests fraternity, the Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Christians and leaders in Kampala Archdiocese and Uganda as a whole for the sudden death of Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
He said Africa was also mourning the death of Cardinal Christian Tumu Archbishop Emeritus of Duala in Cameroon, Archbishop Emeritus Paulino Lukudo of Juba in South Sudan and Bishop Alfred Maruma of Jombe in Tanzania who passed on between April 2nd and 5th 2021.
All these deaths especially that of Archbishop Lwanga, disorganized many, confused and tormented all and when it comes to the works of his evangelical call that was coupled with social economic support to all, leaves a lot of questions and grief.
However, all the works and testimonies written since his priestly ordination on April 8th 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga (43 years ago), and as Bishop since November 30th 1996 starting with Kasana Luweero and Archbishop of Kampala in 2006 (24 years a Bishop) under the motto: Ora et Labora ut habeant vitam “Pray and Work” was achieved by God’s grace.
Everyone noted his last moment in the public on Good Friday at Namirembe in the ecumenical way of the cross before his death on Holy Saturday April 3rd, 2021, challenges believers and people of God to pray to God for the peaceful repose of his soul.
Other special messages read were from His Holiness Pope Francis delivered through the Pope Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bianco who commended Archbishop Kizito Lwanga for having fulfilled his priestly service before he imparted his apostolic blessing, a message signed by Cardinal Pauline Secretary of State and another from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome signed by Cardinal Lugambwa.
The Chancellor Kampala Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Pius Male read out Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga’s life story to the congregation. He was born in 1953 at Kyabakadde in Naggalama Parish Lugazi diocese, ordained a priest in 1978, served as private secretary to the Archbishop, Parish Priest and Chancellor, appointed founder Bishop of Kasana Luweero diocese in 1996 and Ordained a Bishop in 1997 and appointed Archbishop of Kampala in 2006.