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1886: Twenty-two Uganda Martyrs
| June 3, 2013
| Meaghan Good
Posted on 06/03/2020 6:57:28 AM PDT by CheshireTheCat
On this date in 1886, thirteen Catholic men and boys, as well as nine Anglican Christians, were burned alive in Buganda, a kingdom in modern-day Uganda. Most of them pages at the royal court, they had been martyred for their faith.
The kingdom of Buganda came in contact with Europeans in the 1860s; Arab traders had been doing business there a few decades before that. Christian missionaries arrived in Buganda in 1879. In the next few years many court officials converted.
King Muteesa I tolerated Muslims, Catholics and Protestants and played them off against other for political gain, but his sixteen-year-old son, Mwanga II, who ascended the throne in 1884, was a different story altogether. He saw Christianity as a serious threat to his authority and cracked down on its influence...
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TOPICS: History; Religion
KEYWORDS: buganda; martyrs; uganda; waronchristianity
The link gave a sanitized version of what happened with St. Charles Lwanga and his followers. Below is the rest of the story:
Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions Story
One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages, aged 13 to 30, from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the rulers demands.
Charles first learned of Christs teachings from two retainers in the court of Chief Mawulugungu. While a catechumen, he entered the royal household as assistant to Joseph Mukaso, head of the court pages.
On the night of Mukasos martyrdom for encouraging the African youths to resist Mwanga, Charles requested and received baptism. Imprisoned with his friends, Charless courage and belief in God inspired them to remain chaste and faithful.
For his own unwillingness to submit to the immoral acts and his efforts to safeguard the faith of his friends, Charles was burned to death at Namugongo on June 3, 1886, by Mwangas order.
When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, he also made reference to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.
posted on 06/03/2020 7:48:20 AM PDT
by Dr. Sivana
(There is no salvation in politics)
I have a relic of St. Charles Lwanga given to me by a friend I took Communion to for three years. I don’t know how she came to have it as she never talked about it when I was visiting her. I received it after her death.
posted on 06/03/2020 10:29:15 AM PDT
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