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THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates the Martyrs of Uganda, the 32 men who were killed between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886
THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates the Martyrs of Uganda, the 32 men who were killed between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886
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THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates the Martyrs of Uganda, the 32 men who were killed between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886


THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA  Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates  the  Martyrs  of  Uganda,  the  32  men  who  were  killed   between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity  – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886. The  Rev.  Canon  Petero  Sabune,  the  Episcopal  Church’s   officer for Africa, explains: “In 1884 Mwanga the son of Mutesa, ascended to the  throne of his father and demanded total obedience from  his subjects. When Mwanga, who, like his father, had  embraced Christianity, converted to Islam, he issued a  decree stipulating that anyone caught reading the Bible  would be executed.  “A group of Catholics and Anglicans at the royal court  of Buganda had started reading the Bible in preparation  for  baptism  before  the  decree  went  out. Afterward,  the  older  members  of  the  group  continued  to  teach   the  younger  ones  in  secret,  and  the  church  continued   underground  within  the  royal  court  and  around  the   villages in Mengo, Rubaga, Kamapla, and Namugongo. “On  November  15,  1885,  Mwanga  carried  out  his   threat and ordered the execution of Yosefu Mukasa  Balikuddembe.  Yosefu  became  the  first  to  join  the  ancient African  martyrs  Cyprian,  Felicity,  Perpetua,  and Augustine in faith and in death. “In  the  two  years  that  followed,  the  king  went  on  a   killing  spree.  The  largest  number  killed  at  one  time,   12, were marched to Namugongo and burned in a fire.  They died singing, on June 3, 1886, which has become  their feast day. The youngest in that group was Kizito,  who  was  only  15  years  old.  Kizito  would  not  forsake   the gospel, even when the king’s executioner pleaded  with him to say just a few words so that his life might  be spared. “As we celebrate these martyrs, let us also remember the Christians persecuted today in war-torn Northern Uganda  and South Sudan, and pray for peace there and everywhere on this fragile earth, our island home.”

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THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates the Martyrs of Uganda, the 32 men who were killed between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886 THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA Each year on June 3, the Episcopal Church commemorates the Martyrs of Uganda, the 32 men who were killed between 1885 and 1887 for failing to renounce Christianity – 12 of whom were burned to death on June 3, 1886