Saints of the day 3rd June 2019

St Charles Lwanga and Companions

St. Kizito being baptised by St. Charles Lwanga at Munyonyo
English: Stained glass at Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine Church (Kampala) at place were St. Kizito was baptised.
Born1 January 1860[1]
Kingdom of Buganda
Died3 June 1886 (aged 26)
Namugongo, Kingdom of Buganda
Venerated inRoman Catholic ChurchAnglican CommunionLutheranism
Beatified1920, RomeKingdom of Italy, by Pope Benedict XV
Canonized18 October 1964, Uganda, by Pope Paul VI
Major shrineBasilica of the Uganda MartyrsMunyonyo Martyrs Shrine
Feast3 June[2][3]
PatronageAfrican Catholic Youth Action, converts, torture victims
Karoli Lwanga and his followers

Saint Charles Lwanga (in the center) and his 21 followers

For those of us who think that the faith and zeal of the early Christians died out as the Church grew more safe and powerful through the centuries, the martyrs of Uganda are a reminder that persecution of Christians continues in modern times, even to the present day.

The Society of Missionaries of Africa (known as the White Fathers) had only been in Uganda for 6 years and yet they had built up a community of converts whose faith would outshine their own. The earliest converts were soon instructing and leading new converts that the White Fathers couldn’t reach. Many of these converts lived and taught at King Mwanga’s court.[…]

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