Feast of Charles Lwanga & Ugandan Martyrs

St. Charles Lwanga and Companion Martyrs

Via Fr. Steve:

Today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and his companions, whose martyrdom, as discussed here is especially moving and reminiscent of the early Christians:

They were marched to Namugongo, where, bound with ropes, shackles, iron rings and slave yokes, they waited for one week. During that time the martyrs prayed and sang hymns; the Catholics among them recited morning and evening prayers, grace before and after meals, as well as the Angelus and the rosary, in preparation for their deaths. On June 3, before the execution of the rest of the young men, Charles Lwanga was put to death by the king’s men. He was wrapped tightly in a reed mat, a yoke hung on his neck, and was thrown onto a pyre. As a taunt to his executioners, Charles is said to have shouted, “You are burning me, but it is as if you are pouring water over my body!” Before he died, he cried out, “Katonda” or “My God.”

His companions were killed in the same gruesome fashion.

How are Catholics in Uganda doing in 2010? Fr. Robert Barron sends videos, words and pictures from Uganda as he prepares The Catholicism Project. Here is one video:

Hey, the good Knights of Columbus, whom I love? They wear feathers, too! :-)

On a serious note, please remember Bishop. Luigi Padovese, like Bishops O’Malley and Chaput, a Capuchin, who was murdered in Turkey today, on this feast of martyrs. Padovese appears to have been working with a Muslic cleric to foster better relations between the two religions.

A beautiful and sadly unembeddable video from Malawi.

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  • dry valleys

    If it’s Ugandan martyrs you’re after, how about the gays who have had a narrow reprieve from having a “law” in that country which would have had them executed for expressing their love for each other? Or Stephen Monjeza & Tiwonge Chimbalanga of Malawi? In both those countries Islam is strong but Christianity, often evangelical US Protestantism, is stronger.

    Only because people, many of them western liberals, demanded that they should have the rights we take for granted have they apparently been saved from the application of these “laws”, not to mention the savagery that is dealt out by violent & unpleasant members of the public. I accept that it isn’t only or even mostly the west that is oppressive, & people like the Taliban can form totalitarian movements. But not just them.

    When hands across the sea are tied (discussing the indifference of too many to the suffering of people in foreign lands).

    ‘Whenever I write articles supporting the rights of Muslim women or African gays or Iranian trade unionists, I get a pepper-spray of critics claiming I am being “imperialist”. It’s not “your culture”. You’re not Muslim, or African or Iranian. Stick to your own kind. These arguments usually come from people who consider themselves to be liberal, and would be astonished to discover they are using the same arguments as the Israeli right and the Honduran junta.’

    You wouldn’t find me advocating the killing of Catholic bishops, or anyone.

    On a less enraged note if you’re interested in astronomy, which you suggested in another entry, this may be of interest in that regard.

  • Kevin

    June 3 is also the feast of my patron, St. Kevin.

  • AvantiBev

    Msgr. Padovese like Father Santoro was an Italian murdered in Turkey. But move along. Nothing to see here fellow Catholics. No dots to connect. Just another dead Itai. Just another “deranged” muslim man. Poor guy depressed he was. Well, that is what happens when you follow a pedophile, misogynistic, dog hating, anti-semitic, Resurrection denying, false prophet.
    Whittaker Chambers and Malcolm Muggeridge converted to Catholicism and outed the “useful idiots” duped by Communists. It saddens and infuriates me that it is my fellow Roman Catholics (my Melkite and Byzantine pals seem wiser) that play the useful idiots to jihad’s long march.
    Msgr. Padovese, meet up with Father Santoro and Oriana Fallaci and pray, pray, pray before the throne of God…for Italia, for USA, the Church, Israel, the persecuted in islamic lands and most of all for the useful idiots.