January 28-30, 2000
volume 11, no. 20

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    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

151.   Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala

    Born on December 15, 1926 in jungle village of Kamaggwa, Uganda Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala was blessed by being brought up in a devout Catholic family that had been converted by missionaries. In 1942 while war was raging in Europe and in the Pacific, things were relatively calm in this east central African republic which had been a British protectorate. This allowed young Emmanuel to pursue his dream - that of becoming a priest. He began this quest at the Seminary of Bukaslasa. A year before he was to be ordained he was sent to Rome to receive his Theology degree at the Pontifical Urban University. This accomplished he was ordained by Pope Pius XII at St. Peter's on December 21, 1957. He stayed on in Rome to continue more studies before returning to his homeland in 1960 where he taught at his alma mater and other Catholic schools in Uganda for the next seventeen years.

    During his time teaching he saw his beloved land attain independence in 1962 and be proclaimed a republic the next year and then from 1971 to 1979 the terrible persecution under that mad dictator Idi Amin who was responsiple for the the expulsion of all Asians and the killing of over 300,000 Ugandans. In 1977 Pope Paul VI, who had met Father Wamala during his Papal Visit there in 1969, recalled the Ugandan priest to Rome where the Vicar of Christ bestowed the title "Chaplain of His Holiness" on him. Four years later, with Amin finally deposed, Pope John Paul II remembered this kindly priest, elevating him to the episcopal ranks by naming him Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana on July 17, 1981. He was ordained and installed on November 22, 1981. After nine years in this post the Pope promoted him to Coadjutor Archbishop of Kampala on June 21, 1988. Two years later on February 8, 1990 he was named Archbishop of Kampala, the capital of Uganda on the shores of beautiful Lake Victoria. That same year he was elected President of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, a position he was reelected to four years later.

    The Holy Father elevated him to the cardinalate during his Consistory of November 26, 1994 where he received the red-hat and the titular church of St. Hugh. In addition ot his duties as Shepherd of the See of Kampala, he enjoys curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum." At a young 73, Cardinal Wamala is expected to continue as Archbishop of Kampala for at least two more years and possibly longer if his health continues as strong as it is today.

    The Faith was first brought to Uganda by the Missionary White Fathers in 1879 where persecution in the next decade caused the martyrdom of the 22 Uganda martyrs who were canonized by Paul VI in 1964. A Ugandan was the first native African bishop ordained in 1939 and the first hierarchy was established in Kampala in 1953. Since the deposition of Amin, Uganda has still suffered from tribal rivalries and conflicts as missionaries continue to do all they can to maintain the Faith in this land. Cardinal Wamala has been especially concerned with the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS in his land which has the highest incidence of this deadly disease than any other in Africa. Currently the number of Catholics in Uganda comprises 43% of the total population.


January 28-30, 2000
volume 11, no. 20

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