Uganda Martyrs Day

Catholic Bishops in Uganda with government officials at the end of the Eucharistic Celebration marking Martyrs Day 2023. Credit: Uagnada Catholic Online

Impose “stricter measures” on Gun Circulation: Catholic Bishops in Uganda to Government

Jun 5, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Uganda have expressed concern about gun deaths in the country, and have called on the government to impose “stricter measures” on the circulation of firearms.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala celebrating the Uganda Martyrs Day Mass at the Namugongo Shrine Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

“It is time to strengthen the domestic church”: Ugandan Archbishop on Martyrs’ Day

Jun 4, 2020

At celebrations marking Martyrs’ Day, the Archbishop of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese has called on the people of God under his care to follow the example of the Ugandan martyrs in view of strengthening their Christian faith within their respective families amid COVID-19 challenges.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Uganda's Kampala Archdiocese.

Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese to Celebrate Martyrs’ Day with "a few chosen people"

May 26, 2020

In line with the recommendation of the leadership of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) that each Local Ordinary in the East African nation gives guidance for the June 3 Martyrs’ Day celebration amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Archbishop of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese has announced that the celebration in his jurisdiction will take place with a limited congregation.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Uganda, venue for the annual celebration of Martyrs Day. / Uganda Episcopal Conference

Bishops in Uganda “postpone” Uganda Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage over COVID-19 Restrictions

May 1, 2020

Bishops in the East African nation of Uganda have postponed indefinitely the celebrations of the Martyrs’ Day that had been scheduled for May 29 and June 3 due to the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the government including public gatherings.

A plaque containing the names of the 22 Uganda Martyrs honored on June 3. In addition to these, two more, Blessed Jildo Irwa and Blessed Daudi Okello, beatified in 2002 are honored on October 20

“National re-awakening of devotion to Uganda Martyrs” Underway for June 3 Annual Event

Feb 29, 2020

Uganda’s diocese of Masaka has, in a press statement, provided updates about preparations for this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day celebration, highlighting activities around fostering devotion to the Catholic martyrs of the East African country, honoring the martyrs with the symbolic gesture of planting trees, explaining the theme and logo of the annual event, among other planned activities.