By Jean-Marie Nsambu
KAMPALA Archbishop Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga received a pallium (symbol of authority) from the Pope at St. Peterâ€™s Basilica, Rome in Italy on Friday morning. He was one of the 46 metropolitan archbishops who were honoured.
Before receiving the pallium (a white cloth worn over priestly robes for Mass), an archbishop cannot perform some ceremonies, including consecrating bishops.
The candidates included four other African Archbishops namely Barthelemy Djabla of Gagnoa in Ivory Coast; Evariste Ngoyagye of Bujumbura in Burundi, Paul R. Ruzoka of Tabora, Tanzania and Buti Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Drapped in red majestic garments, each of the 46 candidates knelt before the Pontiff who bestowed on them authority as African delegations cheered.
Ugandan women in yellow and white traditional outfits busuutis and men in kanzus, were a centre of focus as the group proceeded to the Uganda Martyrsâ€™ Church in Rome, where Lwanga celebrated his first Mass as Archbishop, since his installation last september.
Lwanga was later hosted to a surprise party attended by his mother, Matilda Nakkonde Wamala and Ugandaâ€™s First Secretary at the embassy in Rome, Simon Peter Ajiku.