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Biography of Archbishop Janani Luwum

Source: Archbishop Janani Luwum Trust - Georg Piwang 

Date: 2003

The Most Reverend Janani Luwum was the sitting Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire when Dictator Idi Amin murdered him on February 16, 1977. He exercised exceptional and courageous leadership when he opposed Idi Amins regime of tyranny, gross human rights violations and "islamisation" agenda in Uganda. The vibrant Anglican Church of Uganda under his leadership was on the verge of centennial celebrations of its birth through the seed of the blood of the Ugandan Martyrs. Thus Luwum became the first martyr of the second century of Christianity in Uganda. The Church of England, the mother church of the Anglican Communion, has recognised and honoured him among 20th century martyrs as Africa's Martyr. His death is commemorated on the 17th of February, his statue stands on the front of Westminster Abbey in London and a chapel has been dedicated to him in Canterbury Cathedral.

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