Bishop Semwogerere to Oversee Kampala Archdiocese

Pope Francis VI has appointed the Bishop of Kasana Luwero, Paul Semwogerere, 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 Lubaga 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.

Canon law 371. An apostolic administration is a certain portion of the people of God which is not erected as a diocese by the Supreme Pontiff due to special and particularly grave reasons and whose pastoral care is entrusted to an apostolic administrator who governs it in the name of the Supreme Pontiff.

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.

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Abitegeka Gerald

The News Editor ,Reporter at Kagadi Kibaale community Radio

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