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WAMALA, Emmanuel

Birth. December 15, 1926, Kamaggwa, diocese of Masaka, Uganda. Son of Cosma Kyamcra Wamala and Theresa Nnamayanja. The had ten children; two of them died in childhood; of the surviving children, five boys and three girls, two became priests and one religious; while all the others married.

Education. First four years of elementary education at schools in Kalisizo and Bakira; from 1942 to 1949, he studied at the Bukalasa Minor Seminary; from 1949 to 1955, he frequented the National Major Seminary of Katigondo; he then performed a short pastoral experience at the parish of Kabula, in the diocese of Masaka; in September, he was sent to study in Rome at the Pontifical Collegio Urbaniano (now Pontifical Urbanian University), where he obtained a licentiate in theology; after his priestly ordination in Rome, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned a licentiate in social sciences; from 1962 to 1964, he took a course in pedagogy at Makerere University, Kampala; Notre Dame University, South Bend, United States. Received the diaconate, August 15, 1957, Rome, from Pietro Sigismondi, titular archbishop of Neapoli di Pisidia, secretary of the S.C. of Propaganda Fide.

Priesthood. Ordained, December 21, 1957, chapel of the Pontifical Collegio Urbaniano, Rome, by Pietro Sigismondi, titular archbishop of Neapoli di Pisidia, secretary of the S.C. of Propaganda Fide. In the same ceremony was also ordained Stephen Fumio Hamao, future cardinal. Further studies, Rome, 1957-1960. In 1960, he returned to Uganda and for two years he was worked at the parish of Villa Maria, with the charge of diocesan scholastic supervisor in the diocese of Masaka. Further studies in Kampala from 1962 to 1964. Professor at the Bukalasa Minor Seminary from 1964 until 1968. Chaplain at Makerere University from 1968 to 1974. Named vicar general of diocese of Masaka in 1974; occupied the post until 1981; simultaneously, he was pastor of the parish of Nkoni, from 1975 to 1977; and of the parish of Kimaanya, from 1977 to 1979. Chaplain of His Holiness, May 25, 1977.

Episcopate. Elected bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana, July 17, 1981. Consecrated, November 22, 1981, Mityana, by Cardinal Emmanuel Kiwanuka Nsubuga, archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Hadrian Kivumbi Ddungu, bishop of Masaka, and by Josef Stimpfle, bishop of Augsburg. Attended the Sixth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29 to October 28, 1983. Promoted to coadjutor archbishop, with right of succession, of Kampala, June 21, 1988. Succeeded to the metropolitan see of Kampala, February 8, 1990. President of the Episcopal Conference of Uganda for two terms, 1986-1990 and 1990-1994. He was president of Uganda Joint Christian Council. First rector of the Uganda Martyrs University, which was officially inaugurate on October 18, 1993. Attended the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Vatican City, April 10 to May 8, 1994.

Cardinalate. Created cardinal priest in the consistory of November 26, 1994; received the red biretta and the title of S. Ugo, June 28, 1994. Participated in the conclave of April 18 to 19, 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI. His resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese of Kampala was accepted by the pope, in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, on August 19, 2006. Lost the right to participate in the conclave when turned 80 years old on December 15, 2006. Participated in the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, October 4 to 25, 2009, Vatican City, on the theme "The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace: You Are the Salt of the Earth; You Are the Light of the World".

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