3rd June is an important catholic and Anglican holiday in Uganda as it commemorates the day 23 Anglicans including 22 catholics were executed under the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II , then the King of Buganda kingdom. From 31 January 1885 to 27 January 1887 , the king ordered his royal guards to hunt down any muganda or page who had converted to Christianity and kill them if they refused to denounce the religion and hail the almighty King as a traditional custom done way before the arrival of the first missionaries in 1884.
The Catholic church beatified the martyrs in 1920 and on 18 October 1964, the Uganda martyrs were canonized by Pope Paul VI. Construction of the Namugongo martyrs shrine began as early as 1967 and was opened on 3rd June 1975 , an event attended by a special papal envoy including His Eminence Sergio Cardinal Pignedoli.
Tomorrow marks 132 days since the martyrs execution and this holiday will be no different from the past occasions, many important delegates will be invited and pilgrims from all corners of Uganda and East Africa have already began and this includes tourists from across Africa, Europe among other continents.
If you planning on visiting Namugongo for the Martyrs memorial service and still don’t know how to get there, wonder know more. At Uganda car rental services, we will offer you a car + driver to transport you to and from Namugongo on 3rd June. You will explore this magnificent cultural and religious site in Uganda, learn about the history as you attend the mass service plus you get chance to mingle with the locals.
Whether you want to rent a small 4-door car or mid-sized van for a small group, we can get you any rental car at affordable rates that will suit your budget. We will assign you a professional driver to accompany you but you can as well hire a car for self drive trip if you want that freedom and flexibility.
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