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Cardinal Wamala marks 50 years

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th December 2007 03:00 AM

HUNDREDS of Christians filled Rubaga Cathedral on Friday during celebrations to mark Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala’s Golden Jubilee in priesthood.

HUNDREDS of Christians filled Rubaga Cathedral on Friday during celebrations to mark Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala’s Golden Jubilee in priesthood.

By Flavia Nakagwa

HUNDREDS of Christians filled Rubaga Cathedral on Friday during celebrations to mark Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala’s Golden Jubilee in priesthood.

The Cardinal, who is a former Archbishop of Kampala, was ordained on December 21, 1957 with 47 others in Rome, Italy.

The Vice-President, Gilbert Bukenya, applauded Cardinal Wamala for being the flag -bearer for Catholics, champion of the oppressed, the disadvantaged and the poor.

Also marking 50 years in priesthood were the Cardinal’s classmates; Bishop Emeritus Paul Kalanda, the Rev. Fr. Athanasius Kakurungu, the Rev. Fr. Peter Mutashobya and the Rev. Fr. Jerome Lubega.

“The Cardinal is an honest man. I want to thank him for always standing up for the truth. He has displayed a spirit of leadership and helped the sick among other people,” Bukenya said.

Cardinal Wamala said priesthood was a great gift from God. “I belong to two groups; the Katigondo (seminary) class and College Urbano Class in Rome. In my Katigondo class, we were ordained nine – three Tanzanians, three from Masaka in Buganda and three from western Uganda,” he said.

Cardinal Wamala, who became the first African Chaplain of St. Augustine Community in Makerere University, said he had enjoyed his priesthood.

The Cardinal received many gifts including sh2m from Bukenya, and a Toyota car from the director of MTN Uganda, Charles Mbire.

Cardinal Wamala marks 50 years

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