His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala

Emmanuel Wamala (born 15 December 1926) was archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala. He was created a Cardinal –Priest of S. Ugo in 1994. He served as Archbishop of Kampala until he retired on19th August 2006.

Wamala was born in Kamaggwa Parish of Lwaggulwe, Masaka District in Uganda. He was ordained on 21 December 1957, in the chapel of the Pontifical Collegio Urbaniano, Rome by Pietro Sigismondi. In the same ceremony, Stephen Fumio Hamao, also a future Cardinal, was also ordained. He studied in Rome from 1957 – 1960 and had further studied in Uganda and the United States, as well as pastoral ministry in the diocese of Masaka from 1960 to 1981. During this time, he also served as inspector of diocesan schools and faculty member of the Minor Seminary of Bukalasa. He served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Masaka from 1974 – 1981. He was created Chaplain of His Holiness on 25 May 1977.

He was one of the Cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI, but will not participate in any future conclaves as a result of passing his eightieth birthday. Wamala is a patron of the African Prisons Project, and international non-governmental organization with a mission of bringing dignity and hope to men, women and children in African prisons through health, education, justice and re-integration.

On retiring from the governance of the See of Kampala in 2006, he was succeeded by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.