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Saint Charles Lwanga, slowly burned alive for saying Homosexuality is wrong/sinful.

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JesusandMaryinseparable Saint Charles Lwanga and companions The 22 Martyrs of Uganda (+ 1886-1887) Charles was one of 22 Ugandan martyrs who converted from paganism. Though he was baptized the …More
JesusandMaryinseparable Saint Charles Lwanga and companions
The 22 Martyrs of Uganda
(+ 1886-1887)

Charles was one of 22 Ugandan martyrs who converted from paganism. Though he was baptized the night before being put to death, he became a moral leader. He was the chief of the royal pages and was considered the strongest athlete of the court. He was also known as "the most handsome man of the Kingdom of the Uganda." He instructed his friends in the Catholic Faith and he personally baptized boy pages. He inspired and encouraged his companions to remain chaste and faithful. He protected his companions, ages 13-30, from the immoral acts and homosexual demands of the Babandan ruler, Mwanga.
Mwanga was a superstitious pagan king who originally was tolerant of Catholicism. However, his chief assistant, Katikiro, slowly convinced him that Christians were a threat to his rule. The premise was if these Christians would not bow to him, nor make sacrifices to their pagan god, nor pillage, massacre, nor make war, what would happen if his whole kingdom converted to Catholicism?
When Charles was sentenced to death, he seemed very peaceful, one might even say, cheerful. He was to be executed by being burnt to death. While the pyre was being prepared, he asked to be untied so that he could arrange the sticks. He then lay down upon them. When the executioner said that Charles would be burned slowly so death, Charles replied by saying that he was very glad to be dying for the True Faith. He made no cry of pain but just twisted and moaned, "Kotanda! (O my God!)." He was burned to death by Mwanga's order on June 3, 1886. Pope Paul VI canonized Charles Lwanga and his companions on June 22,1964. We celebrate his memorial on June 3rd of the Roman Calendar. Charles is the Patron of the African Youth of Catholic Action.
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Martyrs of Uganda (Memorial) – 22 saints
Our Lady of the Holy Letter
Our Lady of Vladimir

Adam of Guglionesi
Albert of Como
Athanasius of Traiannos
Auditus of Braga
Beatrice Bicchieri
Caecilius of Carthage
Charles-René Collas du Bignon
Clotilde of France
Conus of Lucania
Cronan the Tanner
Davinus of Lucca
Diego Oddi
Francis Ingleby
Gausmarus of Savigny
Genesius of Clermont
Glunshallaich
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Martyrs of Uganda (Memorial) – 22 saints
Our Lady of the Holy Letter
Our Lady of Vladimir

Adam of Guglionesi
Albert of Como
Athanasius of Traiannos
Auditus of Braga
Beatrice Bicchieri
Caecilius of Carthage
Charles-René Collas du Bignon
Clotilde of France
Conus of Lucania
Cronan the Tanner
Davinus of Lucca
Diego Oddi
Francis Ingleby
Gausmarus of Savigny
Genesius of Clermont
Glunshallaich
Hilary of Carcassone
Isaac of Córdoba
John Grande
Kevin of Glendalough
Laurentinus of Arezzo
Liphardus of Orléans
Morand of Cluny
Moses of Arabia
Oliva of Anagni
Paula of Nicomedia
Pergentinus of Arezzo
Phaolô Vu Van Duong
Urbicius

Dominicans Martyred in China
Martyrs of Africa – 156 saints
Martyrs of Byzantium – 5 saints
Martyrs of Rome – 8 saints
Martyrs of Rome – 86 saints

Affine of Killaffan
Andrew Caccioli of Spello
Cwyfen of Wales
John Salazer