The Catholic Diocese of Hoima is set to lead celebrations for the 2017 Uganda Martyrs Day that are slated to take place on June 3rd at Namugongo Shrine.
The celebrations which attract a number of Christians from around the world have since revolved from just being a spiritual event to a tourism event as well.
According to Hoima Diocese Bishop, sickness Rt. Rev. Vincent Kirabo Amooti, the celebrations are being organized in partnership with the Uganda Episcopal Conference and various stakeholders for the spiritual benefit of the entire Catholic Community.
“The Diocese of Hoima will lead on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Province of Mbarara,” said Rev. Kirabo.
The event gives opportunity to Christians from around the world to pay homage to the Uganda Martyrs, Catholic and Anglican, who were burnt to death on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II, the then king of Buganda between 1885 and 1887, for converting to Christianity.
Twenty two Catholic Martyrs were canonized on October 18, 1964 as saints by Pope Paul VI, in the presence of Bishops from all over the world who had gathered in Rome for the Second Vatican Council.
In addition to the twenty two Martyrs, there are two more Catechists from Paimol: Blessed Daudi Okelo and Blessed Jildo Irwa who were killed in 1918.
This year’s celebrations are running under the theme; “stand firm in the faith that we have been taught.”
Rev, Kirabo explained that “the theme calls on the faithful and pilgrims to be strong witnesses in faith, personal lives, families, places of work and all areas that their daily lives influence.”
Different activities will be undertaken including the Uganda Martyrs Walk 2017 (Walking in the footsteps of the Uganda Martyrs) on Saturday, May 27th, the Novena to the Uganda Martyrs which commences on Thursday May 25th and the final celebrations on June 3rd.