Archbishop Sentamu Battles Prostate Cancer


for sale geneva;”>The ailing second most senior cleric in the Church of England said he would be “out of action for some time” and would “continue to value your prayers.”

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view geneva;”>Dr Sentamu is a brother to Kampala preacher, Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre in Kampala.

“I am thankful and grateful for Mr Bill Cross, and his surgical team at St James’ Hospital Leeds, who today operated on me for a locally advanced cancer of the prostate. I am also grateful to the nursing staff who are caring for me,” Sentamu said in a press statement seen by Chimpreports on Friday morning.

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. Most prostate cancers are slow growing. However, there are cases of aggressive prostate cancers.

The cancer cells may metastasize (spread) from the prostate to other parts of the body, particularly the bones and lymph nodes. Prostate cancer may cause pain, difficulty in urinating, problems during sexual intercourse, or erectile dysfunction.

“I am thankful, too, for all of you who regularly pray for me and support me, especially my staff at Bishopthorpe Palace,” said Sentamu who became the 97th Archbishop of York in 2005.

“I look forward to resuming my ministry as soon as possible.”

Renowned for having cut his clerical collar during a live television show and declaring not to wear one again until Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe leaves office, Sentamu further said he was drawing inspiration from the words of a departed church minister to keep the candle of hope burning.

“As I have often said, during the most trying times, I have derived great comfort from the words of the Taizé chant, ‘Aber du weißt den Weg für mich’, adapted from a passage in Letters and Papers from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (a German Pastor and Theologian executed by the Nazis in 1945):

“God, gather and turn my thoughts to you. With you there is light, you do not forget me. With you there is hope and patience. I don’t understand your ways, but you know the way for me,” said Sentamu

It is understood that Sentamu had spent several weeks without appearing for church services, raising fears about his health among his flock.


Born near Kampala, Sentamu studied law at Makerere University before gaining employment as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Uganda.

Speaking out against the regime of President Idi Amin, he was briefly imprisoned before fleeing to the United Kingdom in 1974.

Here, he devoted himself to Anglicanism, beginning his study of theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1976 and eventually gaining a doctorate in 1984.

He studied for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1979. In 1996 he was consecrated as the Bishop of Stepney and in 2002 moved to the position of Bishop of Birmingham. In 2005 he was appointed to the position of Archbishop of York.

Sentamu is a traditionalist within the Church of England, generally supporting socially conservative moral positions, publicly criticising multiculturalism and homosexual behaviour.


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