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Mama Mary Luwum succumbed to Cancer of the gallbladder. Courtesy photo

Mama Mary Luwum, a Faithful Witness to her Lord: Archbishop Ntagali

Mama Mary Luwum, 93 died on Tuesday afternoon at International Hospital Kampala (IHK), succumbing to cancer of the gallbladder. She is survived by six children and many grandchildren.
posted onAugust 7, 2019
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By Kampala Post Reporter

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Stanley Ntagali has paid tribute to late Mama Mary Luwum, wife to martyred Archbishop Janani Luwum describing her as a faithful witness to her Lord and Saviour.

Mama Mary Luwum, 93 died on Tuesday afternoon at International Hospital Kampala (IHK), succumbing to cancer of the gallbladder. She is survived by six children and many grandchildren.“Mama Mary has been a faithful witness to her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ for many years. Like her husband, her testimony has inspired many and will live on. We commend her to her Lord and pray for their family and all who grieve her passing,” Archbishop Ntagali says.

Mama Mary Luwum will be remembered as not being ashamed of the Gospel. She supported her husband’s decision to not flee Uganda when threatened by then President Idi Amin. That decision ultimately led to his martyrdom on 16th February 1977. In the 42 years following her husband’s assassination, she continued to dedicate her life to preaching the Gospel and supporting the social-economic growth of the Church of Uganda.

The Church of Uganda’s recently dedicated Janani Luwum Church House commercial building on Kampala Road in Kampala is named after her husband. They shared a common vision for a self-sustaining and spiritually vibrant church. In 2015 President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, declared 16th February to be a public holiday in memory of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom and his faithful and sacrificial service to the church and the country.

“Burial arrangements are underway and will be communicated in due course,” the Church of Uganda said in a statement on Tuesday.

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