Watch the live stream feed direct from Vatican of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit in Uganda. First featured feed is the Holy Father’s visit to the Anglican Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo.
Namugongo is located in Kyaliwajjala Ward, in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District, approximately 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) northeast of Uganda’s capital Kampala. It is bordered by Nsasa to the north, Sonde and Bukeerere to the east, Bweyogerere to the southeast, Naalya and Kireka directly to the south, Kyaliwajjala to the southwest, and central Kira to the west and northwest.
Francis in Uganda: Holy mass in Namugongo. Pope Francis vists the Catholic Shrine of Namugongo and presides over Mass for the Martyrs of Uganda
On 3 June 1886, 32 young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. They were Anglican or Catholic. Annually on June 3, Christians from Uganda and other parts of the world congregate at Namugongo to commemorate the lives and religious beliefs of the Uganda Martyrs. Crowds have been estimated in hundreds of thousands in some years. In June 2015, an estimated 2 million people attended the event.
Twenty two of the Catholic martyrs were canonized by Pope Paul VI on 18 October 1964 and are regarded as saints in the Catholic Church. A basilica has been built at the spot where the majority of them were burned to death. A church stands at the place where the Anglican martyrs met their death, about 2 miles (3.2 km) further east from the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs.
Meeting with the young people at Kololo Air Strip in Kampala
Francis in Uganda: Visit to the Nalukolongo House of Charity
Meeting with Priests, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians gathered in the Cathedral