Africa loses third Archbishop in one week

His Grace, Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, the emeritus archbishop of Juba, South Sudan has died. This is according to a statement released by the Catholic Diocese of Juba on Monday morning.

The emeritus Archbishop of Juba died in Nairobi, Kenya. In the statement, Juba Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla said,  “I, your shepherd, by God’s will and design, bring you the saddest news of my entire lifetime: My predecessor and Father, His Grace Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, a star that ceaselessly was shining over our church and nation for well over thirty years has this morning flickered out in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi.”

A four-day mourning period for Lukudu starting today has also been declared. The death of Archbishopo Lukudu comes after the death of Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese and Cameroon Cardinal Tumi.

Both Lwanga and Tumi died on Saturday, a day before the celebration of Easter. Burrial arrangements  of the three prelates is still underway.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Kampala released a program for the funeral of the fallen Prelate, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, also known as the Speaker who was found dead in his house at the Archbishop’s residence in Lubaga.

Currently, a requiem mass, led by the Bishop of Luwero Diocese Paul Ssemogerere is underway at Lubaga Cathedral. Other requiem masses will be held in Lugazi diocese and later at the Archdiocese before the catholic bishop is laid to rest.

The Catholics across the country however still await a post mortem report to ascertain the cause of Archbishop Lwanga’s death. Lwanga died at the age of 68.  

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