The Uganda Martyrs
Christians who were murdered for their faith.
Charles Lwanga and Companions
Saint Charles (Carl) Lwanga and his companions, Martyrs of Uganda, were a group of Ugandan
Christians (Roman Catholics
) who were murdered by Mwanga II
, the Kabaka
(King) of Buganda
, between 1885 and 1887.
Anglican James Hannington
, the Protomartyr
, had been dispatched to be the bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, but he was executed with his companions before they could enter Buganda.
When commemorating the martyrs of Uganda, the Church of England includes Archbishop Janani Luwum, who was murdered in 1977 by Idi Amin's henchmen; they also commemorate Luwum separately on February 17. Although the Anglicans were not canonized in the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope did mention them. Twenty-two of the martyrs were Roman Catholics and were canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 18, 1964. Their feast day is June 3.
The Ugandan Martyrs were featured in the film Millions.
The 2 Martyrs of Paimol
The martyrs, Blessed Daudi Okelo and Blessed Jildo Irwa, were two young catechists from Uganda. They belonged to the Acholi
tribe, a subdivision of the large Luo
group. They lived and were martyred in the years immediately following the foundation of the mission of Kitgum by the Comboni Missionaries in 1915.