Pope Francis VI has appointed Uganda’s Bishop of Kasana Luwero, Paul Ssemwogerere, as the Apostolic Administrator of Kampala Archdiocese, until a substantive archbishop is appointed.
This was announced by the Pope’s representative to Uganda, (Papal Nuncio) Archbishop Bianco Luigi at the burial ceremony of the Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga at Rubaga Cathedral. In the message, he consoled the Catholic Church in Uganda and the world for the loss of a great and committed shepherd like Dr Lwanga.
The development follows the death of Archbishop Lwanga who was found dead in his room on Saturday morning.
The development means Kampala Archbishop will now be under the watch of Bishop Ssemwogere and will carry on the duties until Pope Francis appoints a substantive Archbishop.
Bishop Ssemwogerere comes from Kasana-Luweero diocese where Archbishop Lwanga first served before he was appointed the third Kampala Archdiocese.
Speaking at the Requiem Mass at Sacred Heart Rubaga Cathedral where the late Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been buried, the Papal Nuncio said the Holy See was grateful for Bishop Ssemogerere and sent its “best wishes to the Archbishop and invite him to collaborate in exercising his responsibility in the service of this Archdiocese of Kampala in this time of a vacant seat.”
Bishop Ssemogerere, 64, was born on 30th June 1956, at Kisubi in the Archdiocese of Kampala.
He was ordained a priest on 3rd June 1983, appointed the second Bishop of Kasana–Luweero on 4th June 2008.
The chairperson of the episcopal conference Bishop Anthony Zziwa has also clarified that the appointment of Bishop Ssemwogerere doesn’t have any effect on his role as the ordinary of Kasana Luwero. Instead, he will govern the diocese in the name of the Supreme Pontiff and coordinate the day to day work of the Archdiocese until the Pope names the new Archbishop.
Dr Lwanga succumbed to Ischemic heart disease following coronary heart thrombosis last week. He was found dead in his room.
Unlike an ordinary bishop or archbishop, the administrator has only vicarious power, governing not in his own name, but in the name of the pope whose jurisdiction he exercises. The chairperson of the episcopal conference has also clarified that; His appointment doesn’t have any effect on his role as the ordinary of Kasana Luwero. He will coordinate the day to day work of the Archdiocese until when the pope names the new archbishop” Bishop Anthony Zziwa.