Who is Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

News on Saturday afternoon broke that Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga had died. Lwanga has been the third catholic archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese. Lwanga was last seen before the public on good Friday this week.

Known for his stance on the fight for human Rights, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga according to Wikipedia (born 19 January 1953), is a Ugandan  Roman Catholic prelate who serves as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala. He was appointed as Archbishop of Kampala on 19 August 2006.

Cyprian Lwanga was born on 19 January 1953 at Kyabakadde Village, in Naggalama Parish, in present-day Mukono District in the Buganda Region of Uganda. This location lies in present-day Lugazi Diocese.

He attended Kyabakadde Primary School. He entered Nyenga Seminary in 1964. Between 1972 and 1974, he studied at Katigondo National Major Seminary, in present-day Kalungu District. He then studied Theology at Ggaba National Seminary, in Kampala.

In 1979, he joined the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, were he studied administration and languages, with particular emphasis on administration. Later, he studied at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, where in 1994, he earned a doctorate in Canon Law.

He was ordained a priest on 8 April 1978 at Rubaga Cathedral by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga. He served as a priest of Kampala Archdiocese until 30 November 1996.

He was appointed first bishop of the Diocese of Kasana-Luweero on 30 November 1996 and consecrated bishop on 1 March 1997 at Kasana-Luweero, by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Bishop Joseph Bernard Louis Willigers, Bishop of Jinja and Bishop Paul Lokiru Kalanda, Bishop of Fort Portal.

On 19 August 2006, he was appointed the third Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala and was installed as the third Archbishop of Kampala on 30 September 2006 at Rubaga Cathedral, succeeding Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, who resigned.

On 2 February 2020 Lwanga issued a decree that Catholics in the archdiocese of Kampala could only receive Holy Communion on the tongue and not on the hand.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga also championed for Human rights, speaking against violations by the state. In his speech before president Museveni on the national prayer day last year, Lwanga asked government to stop oppressing Ugandans, one of the reasons he was blacklisted by fellow prelates in the country.

He was nicknamed, The Speaker by his catholic congregants.


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