Uganda is yet again to witness the world as it yet again pays homage to Ugandan heroes of faith on June 3. pilgrimages from different walks of life have sojourned far and wide under the intrinsic influence of unfeigned self sacrifice in demise of individuals that deems one of the greatest deeds. This phenomenon arouse introspection of one’s relationship with God.
The 45 Catholic and Anglican martyrs are the retrospective actors and the sole reason to why a throng of people will fill to bulbous the Hoima diocese this year in adulation. Such an event is considered sacred by the sojourners, it’s like walking in the foot steps of the martyrs, the previous Saturday hundreds of pilgrimages participated in the what they called the ‘Walk of Faith’ which was flagged off at Munyonyo Martyrs shrine by Archbishop Dr Lwanga and the first Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali, who represented the Prime Minister Mr Ruhakana Rugunda. The symbolic pilgrimage kicked-off at about 9.00am from Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine with a word of prayer and ended at St. Matia Mulumba Parish in Old Kampala.
The celebrated martyrs conformed to demise under the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II, by then King of Buganda between 1885 and 1887. Twenty-two Catholic Martyrs were beatified on 6 June 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, and on 18 October 1964, Pope Paul VI canonised them Saints. In addition to the Catholic Martyrs, there are two Catechists from Paimol: Blessed Daudi Okello and Blessed Jildo Irwa who were killed in 1918. The two were beatified by John Paul II on 20 October 2002.
lots of people have en devoured to contribute towards this commemoration but though so far are still short of the total budget of sh 579m.