UGANDA: Church organizes Martyrs Remembrance Walk

KAMPALA MAY 26, 2017() – Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) last week organized a symbolic walk of faith in remembrance of the brutal trail of the Uganda Martyrs’ last days to their final martyrdom.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda will flag off the walk at 8 am on May 27 at Munyonyo Martyrs’ Shrine and end at St. Matia Mulumba Parish in Old Kampala with a Holy Mass, the Episcopal conference said in a statement.

“As we walk in their footsteps, we shall use this opportunity to deepen our faith and spiritually connection with the Uganda Martyrs,” read the statement in part.

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda will be joined by Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, Bishop Vincent Kirabo Amooti, of the animating Diocese of Hoima, and Minister of Tourism Prof Ephraim Kamuntu.

On June 3 every year, Christians from Uganda and beyond gather at the Catholic and the Anglican shrines, which are within a kilometer apart in Namugongo to remember the martyrs.

The shrines are celebratory grounds for the Uganda Martyrs, a group of Christians who were executed for their faith.

The martyrs were burnt to death following the orders of the then King of Buganda, Kabaka Mwanga II in 1885 and 1886 for refusing to denounce Christianity.

A total number of 46 were killed; 22 from Roman Catholic and 24 were Anglican Christians.

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