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(From New Vision (Uganda) - AAGM)
Byline: Vision Reporter
THE leader of the Catholic Church in Uganda, Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, is now 79 years old. Officially, he was supposed to retire at the age of 75, however Pope John Paul II, died before consenting to his request to retire. Now the onus is on the new Pope, Benedict XVI, and with every passing day Catholics in Uganda wait anxiously for the name of the lucky cleric who will take the mantle of Catholic leadership in Uganda.
Wamala has to recommend to the Holy Father the person to replace him although the Pope reserves the prerogative to either accept or reject the replacement. Sources in the Catholic Church say the Pope's ambassador to Uganda, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, is also likely to have great influence over the choice of the next Cardinal.