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Kiwanuka, Joseph
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(Jun 11, 1899, Nnakirebe, Buganda, Uganda – Feb 22, 1966, Rubaga, Uganda) was educated at Katigondo Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1929. After studying in Rome, he became the first African Doctor of Canon Law. He then joined the White Fathers missionary society and made his novitiate in North Africa. In 1939 he became the first vicar apostolic of Masaka, Uganda, and was consecrated bishop by Pope Pius XII. Twenty years later he became archbishop of Kampala and attended Vatican II.

Kiwanuka's importance lies in being the first black diocesan bishop in any …

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Hastings, Adrian, “Kiwanuka, Joseph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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