Uganda is such a beautiful country with a beautiful history of the beginning of the Catholic Church. It is a country from which the natives easily embraced Christianity. They consecrated and dedicated their lives to discipleship; to following of the Christ. Easter Monday became a second opportunity for me to go and bend low in this Holy shrine, the root of the Catholic Church in my country and it was the first opportunity for some of my brothers.
|Fr. Peter Reilly guiding the group|
This story of the martyrs seems to be mysterious. However, we are also capable of emulating this by our way of life and by making quality choices in the pilgrim journey. Namugongo thus has become a holy ground for the church in Uganda and many are inspired by this place. At Namugongo spot, Caroli Lwanga and 13 others were murdered. He was the leader of this group. He was taken apart in order to breakdown the moral of the others. The other 9 were killed in Mityana and around Kampala. In memory of their blood, a basilica has been built with 22 poles each representing one of the martyrs. We also had the opportunity to look at the altar which is right at the Centre, tradition has it that it was the spot where Caroli Lwanga was killed. So far 2 Popes have visited this country, Paul VI and St. Pope John Paul II in 1969 and 1993 respectively.