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Parishes in Kampala hold requiem masses for Archbishop Lwanga

Requiem mass at Kansanga Parish

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT  |  Several parishes in Kampala Archdiocese on Thursday held requiem masses for the late Kampala Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

On Wednesday, the interim Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, Monsignor Charles Kasibante directed all parishes in the archdiocese to hold simultaneous requiem masses when the burial of Lwanga will be going on at St Mary’s Cathedral Lubaga.

At some of the parishes visited by URN reporters, Christians turned up in big numbers for the mass. 

At Kasanga Parish, Reverend Father Joseph Mukiibi, the Assistant parish priest told Christians to emulate the deceased. He said that Dr Lwanga was a role model to many priests and also cared for the underprivileged. 

‘’The Archbishop has been known as a person of development to all his community, sharing with the poor and always cherishing for human rights’’ Mukiibi said. 

Charles Abalo, a Christian of Kansanga parish says that he will miss the Archbishop for the many things that he has done for the church and community. 

Gonzaga Yiga, another Christian says that they will always remember Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga for the advice and contribution to the Catholic community in the parish.  

Marion Nalubowa, the Chairperson of the Women’s Guild Kasanga parish says that Dr, Lwanga advocated for hard work and initiated several income-generating activities for the women in the parish. 

At Christ the King Church, Rev. Fr. Mathias Ntezi, the Assistant Parish Priest said that Archbishop Lwanga was a man of peace who remained calm amidst challenges.  

Julia Nanyunja said that the Christians will focus on emulating the good deeds of Archbishop Lwanga.  She says that says the deceased has impacted spiritually on many Christians in the Archdiocese.    

At Kamwokya Catholic Parish, Father Joseph Nsubuga told Christians that they have lost a mentor who advocated for unity and development. 

Grace Okoti, a Christian at Kamwokya parish described the prelate as a person who interacted with people of different denominations without discrimination.   

‘’He has always given abrupt visits to our parish just to check on his priests and the Christians and whenever he goes he advocates for a development, he has been yearning to bring many people close to God and advocating for peace’ Okoti said. 

Some parishes that include St Peter’s Nsambya preferred to hold the requiem mass at 7 and 8 am to enable Christians to follow the main requiem mass at 10 am at Lubaga Cathedral from their homes. 

At St Charles Lwanga Ntinda parish, Davis Owomugisha, a Christian said that the Archbishop will be remembered for uniting Christians from different religious denominations in the country. 

Archbishop Lwanga was buried inside Lubaga Cathedral. 

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