Wednesday, February 17, 2016

For All the Saints: Janani Luwum

In the Episcopal and Anglican churches, Janani Jakaliya Luwum is honored today on the anniversary of his death in 1977. He was an influential leader of the modern church in Africa.  Born in the village of Mucwini, he received his religious education from Buwalasi Theological College and was ordained a priest in 1954. He was consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda in 1969 and then as Archbishop of the Metropolitan Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga (in Zaire) in 1974. Luwum was a vocal critic of the Idi Amin regime and its violence. He and two others were arrested in February 1977 and reportedly died in a car crash as he and the others were driven to an interrogation center. But their bodies were riddled with bullets. He is commemorated as a martyr on this day, and with a statue on the outside wall of Westminster Abbey.

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