“Just yesterday, we walked the Way of the Cross together, and it is a shock to all of us. His clear Gospel voice of advocacy for the poor and oppressed, his commitment to Christian unity, and justice for all will be dearly missed,” Archbishop COU, Dr Kaziimba Mugalu.
Kampala – 3, April 2021: The head of the Catholic Church died on the Ester Eve at his home, according to a statement released by the Kampala Archdiocese on Saturday afternoon.
“With deep sorrow, I hereby inform you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lord. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning. We pray that the Almighty and Merciful God may grant him eternal rest,” said Fr Pius Male Ssentumbwe in a statement released on Saturday afternoon.
He last attended the “Way of the Cross”, a Holy event hosted by the Church of Uganda’s Namirembe Diocese. The Archbishop, on behalf of the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) extended their condolences to the citizens of Tanzania, after the death of their president Dr John Pombe Magufuli, and congratulated President Samia Hassan Suluhu for taking over.
On Saturday, few hours after his death was announced, the head of the Anglican Church (Church of Uganda), Archbishop Dr Stephen Kaziimba had to say:
Dear Father Pius,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life!
On behalf of the Church of Uganda, please accept our sincerest condolences to you and all Ugandan Roman Catholics who are grieving the sudden death of Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga.
Just yesterday, we walked the Way of the Cross together, and it is a shock to all of us. His clear Gospel voice of advocacy for the poor and oppressed, his commitment to Christian unity, and justice for all will be dearly missed.
Yet, we know that he has moved into the nearer presence of our Lord and is advancing from glory to glory. He fought the good fight; he finished the race; he kept the faith. Now he, who longed for our Lord’s appearing, receives the crown of righteousness.
We are praying for you, your people, and all Ugandans that we will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit at this time of great loss, and at the same time rejoice that Archbishop Cyprian’s name was written in the Book of Life.
Yours, in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba
ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA
Meanwhile, the cause of death of the 68-yo Man of God has not been made public yet.