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St. Charles Lwanga and the martyrs of Uganda

Killed along with a group of Anglican martyrs

Rachel Strohm CC

Martyrs: d. 1886 and 1887

Their story

+ This group of martyrs includes 22 royal pages of Uganda’s King Mwanga.

+ Led by Charles Lwanga and Joseph Mukasa, the young men were killed because of their Christian Faith and their refusal to obey the immoral and abusive orders of the king. Also killed with the Catholic martyrs honored today are a group of Anglican martyrs. All shared the same fate, regardless of their faith tradition.

+ Although the king believed the murders would bring an end to Christianity, the number of catechumens grew from 800 to 3,000 in the year after the martyrs’ deaths.

+ The Martyrs of Uganda were canonized in 1964, during the Third Session of the Second Vatican Council. Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions are honored as the patron saints of Equatorial Africa. The various churches of the Anglican Communion also honor the Martyrs of Uganda on this day.

Spiritual Bonus

There were also two other Ugandan martyrs—Blessed Daudi Okelo and Blessed Jildo Irwa—who were martyred in Paimol in 1918. These young catechists were beatified in 2002.

Quote

“These African martyrs inaugurate a new age… Africa is the new country of Christ. A clear witness of this fact is the direct simplicity and unshakeable fidelity of these young African Christians.”—Blessed Pope Paul VI

Prayer

O God, who have made the blood of Martyrs
the seed of Christians,
mercifully grant that the field which is your Church,
watered by the blood
shed by Saints Charles Lwanga and his companions,
may be fertile and always yield you an abundant harvest.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)

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Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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