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St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs
St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs

St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs Part 2 of 3

June 10, 2019 03:06pm

n 1920,the 22 Catholic Ugandan martyrs were beatified by Pope Benedict XV. They were canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. During the canonization of the twenty-two Catholic martyrs, Pope Paul VI reflected on the Anglican martyrs in his homily. He said

And we do not forget the others who, belonging to the Anglican confession, met death for the name of Christ.”

Today the site of Namugongo is a shrine – a holy place – where Charles Lwanga, Kizito, and the other Ugandan martyrs witnessed with their lives to Christ. Pilgrims come from all over the world to this special place.  African people, in particular, make the journey – many on foot, some walking many miles to come celebrate the lives of the Ugandan martyrs. An article in CRUX reported some pilgrims walking hundreds of miles to Namugongo to pray, to give thanks, to praise God, and to celebrate life of the Ugandan martyrs. At a mass celebrated last year on June 3rd, the feast of the Ugandan martyrs, Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo remarked, “Jesus died for us.  Ugandan martyrs died and became the light of Christ. They opened the door of believing in Christ in Uganda, Africa and the whole world.”

The following is a listing of each of the Ugandan martyrs who suffered death with Charles Lwanga and Kizito:

Achilles Kiwanuka pray for us.

Adolphus Ludigo-Mukasa pray for us.

Ambrose Kibuuka pray for us.

Anatoli Kiriggwajjo pray for us.

Andrew Kaggwa pray for us.

Antanansio Bazzekuketta pray for us.

Bruno Sserunkuuma pray for us.

Charles Lwanga pray for us.

Denis Ssebuggwawo pray for us.

Gonzaga Gonza pray for us.

Gyavira pray for us.

James Buuzabalyawo pray for us.

John Maria Muzeeyi pray for us.

Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe pray for us.

Kizito pray for us.

Luka Baanabakintu pray for us.

Matia Mulumba pray for us.

Mbaga Tuzinde pray for us.

Mugagga pray for us.

Noa Mawaggali pray for us.

Ponsiano Ngondwe pray for us.

If you wish to learn more about each of the martyrs individually, please visit the website for the shrine of the Ugandan martyrs at Namugongo.

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