KAMPALA – The interim Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, Monsignor Charles Kasibante, has directed all parishes in the province to hold simultaneous requiem Holy masses on Thursday, April 8, 2021 during the burial of Archbishop Kizito Lwanga
The burial will be conducted at 10am inside Rubaga Cathedral and according to Monsignor Kasibante, the other parishes should hold masses at the same time in honour of the archbishop.
The Rubaga mass will be the fourth one that is being for the fallen bishop since his death last Friday of a heart attack.
The offering of Masses for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with Catholic Church’s belief in Purgatory. The church believes that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul. After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven.
On Wednesday, 07 April 2021, the Bishop of Masaka Diocese Rt Rev Serverus Jjumba, while presiding over a requiem Mass for the late Lwanga at the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, wondered what is happening to the Church in Uganda.
“We’re talking to ourselves, we’re asking ourselves questions as to what has happened, it is the talk of the town,” said Jjumba.
The Bishop equated the current situation to the biblical journey of two disciples of Jesus to Emmaus who were disturbed by the death of their leader. Quoting the Bible, Bishop Jjumba reminded the congregation of Jesus’ rebuke of the “foolish” disciples for not understanding the scriptures, that Jesus would die and resurrect.
“…Jesus is aware of the things that have been happening to us,” he said. He said Ugandans will miss the fallen prelate as “a voice of the voiceless,” which was also repeated by the Head of Laity of the archdiocese, Ivan Kalanzi who wondered why “God takes away good people and leaves the thieves and the corrupt and killers.” He hailed him as a very forgiving man, hardworking, honest and firm in his fight for human rights.