Jinja Diocese to lead 2023 Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations.
The Episcopal Conference of Uganda has announced the Diocese of Jinja to animate the June 2023 Martyrs day celebrations.
“The Archdiocese of Tororo was chosen by the Uganda Episcopal Conference earlier this month to organize and animate the 2023 Uganda Martyrs day celebrations at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine. The task was left to the Archdiocese to choose between Moroto, Tororo,Kotido,Soroti and Jinja the Diocese that will lead the celebration.
The Bishops in the Archdiocese chose Jinja Diocese to lead and animate the celebrations.
The celebrations are usually organized on a rotational basis according to the four ecclesiastical provinces of the Catholic Church in Uganda.
The Jinja Diocese is therefore organizing on behalf of the Tororo Ecclesiastical Province.
The Chairman Uganda Episcopal Conference Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa announced this today the 18th of June 2022 at the Uganda Catholic Secretariat in Radio Sapientia Kampala.
The Catholic Church, on June 3 annually honours the 22 Uganda Martyrs that include Saint Charles Lwanga and Catechists, Blessed Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa from Paimol in the Archdiocese of Gulu.
The day is observed as a Solemnity and we have the unique honour to receive millions of pilgrims from all over the world, who come to pay homage to both the Catholic and Anglican Martyrs.
They were killed between 1885 and 1887 for converting to Christianity. The execution was sanctioned by Kabaka Mwanga II, the then king of Buganda.
The twenty-two Catholic Martyrs were beatified on June 6, 1920 by Pope Benedict XV, and canonized on October 18 1964 by Saint Pope Paul VI.