The Journey of The Uganda Martyrs




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Namugongo martyrs shrine is the most widely known place of martyrdom and pilgrimage
in Uganda. Every 3rd of June each year, thousands of people trek from all corners of the
country including international pilgrimages and visit Namugongo to celebrate the Uganda
martyrs day. There are 2 shrines; the Catholic shrine and the Anglican shrine but the
former is more prominent given that Catholicism has the highest number of followers.
Many faithful have visited Namugongo and have given testimonies to having their problems
solved and desires achieved through prayer and intercession of the Uganda martyrs so if
you are a believer, you should be thinking about a visit to Namugongo for intercession!

There are 24 Catholic Uganda Martyrs. The 22 martyrs were killed between 1885 and 1887
by Kabaka (King) Mwanga of Buganda in the South of Uganda; 13 of the martyrs were burnt
to death at Namugongo. The twenty-two martyrs were beatied by Pope Benedict XV on
6th June 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI on 18th October 1964. The other 2 martyrs
were speared to death in Paimol, Gulu in the North of Uganda in October 1918. They were
beatied by Pope John Paul II on 20th October 2002 creating religious tourism Uganda.

There are also Anglican martyrs that were killed by King Mwanga between 1885 and 1887
together with the Catholic martyrs making up religious tourism. While paying tribute to the
22 Catholic martyrs Pope Paul IV also paid tribute to the Anglican martyrs in his homily at
the canonisation. “And we do not wish to forget”, he said,”the others who, belonging to the
Anglican confession, met death for the name of Christ.”

All these martyrs are honoured on 3rd June every year.

Below is a list of the catholic martyrs that rest at Namugongo martyrs shrine.
Charles Lwanga
Mattias Mulumba K
Noe Mawaggali
Joseph M Balikuddembe
Athanasius Bazzekuketta
Gonzaga Gonza
Luke Banabakintu
James Buzaalilyawo
Ambrose Kibuuka
Anatoli Kiriggwajjo
Achilles Kiwanuka
Mbaga Tuzinde
Mukasa Kiriwawanvu
Adolphus Mukasa Ludigo
Bruno Sserunkuuma
Jean-Marie Muzeeyi
Jildo Irwa
Daudi Okello


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