Augustine Kasujja

Augustine Kasujja (born 26 April 1946) is an Ugandan prelate of the Catholic Church who works in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. He was the Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium from 2016 to 2021.

Bishop Lucas Van Looy and Archbishop Kasujja in Bruges, 2017

He was the first black African to hold the title of apostolic nuncio.[1][2][3]

BiographyEdit

The third in a family of 11 children, he was born to Katalina Nanseko and Yozefu Naluswa in Mitala Maria, Mpigi District on 26 April 1946.[1]

Before joining Kisubi Minor Seminary between 1960 and 1965, he attended Ssango and Mitala Maria Primary Schools. He studied at the major seminary in Katigondo (1966–1967) and the Pontifical Urban University in Rome (1967–1974).[1] He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Kampala on 3 January 1973.[4]

After earning a doctorate in theology, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1979. His postings included Argentina, Haiti, Bangladesh, Portugal, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria, Tunisia, and Mauritius.[5][6]

Pope John Paul II appointed him titular archbishop of Caesarea in Numidia and Apostolic Nuncio to Tunisia and Algeria on 26 May 1998.[7] He was the first black African to hold the title of apostolic nuncio.[5] He received his episcopal consecration on 22 August in Rubaga Cathedral from Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala.[8]

On 22 April 2004, Pope John Paul named him Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar and the Seychelles and Apostolic Delegate to Comoros and Réunion.[9] On 9 June 2004, to those responsibilities were added those of the Nuncio to Mauritius.[10]

On 2 February 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria.[11] Pope Francis, on 13 December 2013, added to his responsibilities the role of permanent observer to the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).[12]

On 12 October 2016, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium,[13] adding the position of Nuncio to Luxembourg on 7 December.[14] He was the first non-European to occupy the Belgian posting.[15] He presented his credentials to the king and the grand duke on 2 February and 2 March.[16][17]

Pope Francis accepted his resignation on 31 August 2021.[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop Kasujja:First black Papal Ambassador". www.newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ Mugagga, Robert. "Ugandan among top black Vatican envoys". The Observer. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Apostolic Nuncio Kasujja leaves Nigeria for Belgium". The Independent Uganda. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Ugandese aartsbisschop Kasujja apostolische nuntius in België". Kerknet (in Dutch). 12 October 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Archbishop Kasujja: First black Papal Ambassador". New Vision. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Monssignor Augustine Kasujja Assumes Position as Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium". Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  7. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XC. 1998. p. 452. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  8. ^ Namutebi, Joyce (23 August 1998). "Uganda: Augustine Kasujja Ordained Archbishop". All Africa. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Renunce e Nomine, 22.04.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Renunce e Nomine, 09.06.2004" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Renunce e Nomine, 02.02.2010" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Renunce e Nomine, 13.12.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts, 12.10.2016" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Other Pontifical Acts, 07.12.2016" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  15. ^ Lukwago, Juliet (14 November 2016). "Papal envoy Kasujja transferred to Belgium". New Vision. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Lettres de Créance". La Monarchie belge (in French). 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Accréditations de nouveaux Ambassadeurs au Luxembourg". Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). 2 March 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 31.08.2021" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 31 August 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

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