St. Karoli Lwanga of Uganda a Modern Day Martyr
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"Father, you have made the blood of the martyrs the seed of Christians. May the witness of Saint Charles and his companions and their loyalty to Christ in the face of torture inspire countless men and women to live the Christian faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen" (Liturgy of the Hours.) We celebrate the feast of St. Karoli (Charles) Lwanga on June 3. St. Lwanga was martyred along with 21 companions on June 3, 1886 during the reign of Ugandan King Mwanga II. He was between 21 and 26 years old. There were Anglicans amongst those martyred. (Source) His crime was teaching the Christian religion. The king hated Christians and ordered all the Christian pages in his court to be bound and gagged and the burned to death. (Source) Pages in the court were expected to participate in homosexual activity and when they refused Lwanga defended them. (Source) In 1964, Pope Paul VI cannonized Lwanga and the other Catholics. At the cannonization ceremony he mentioned the Anglicans who also died for their faith in Jesus Christ. (Source) Want to know more? Try these websites, too: Uganda Martyrs Shrine and the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.