Papal Visit Archives | Pope Paul VI’s Visit to Uganda July 1969 – Pope Francis Expected For 50th Uganda Martyrs Feast

Posted April 16, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Papal Visit ~ 6,535 views


The Uganda Martyrs were a group of 45 Anglican and Roman Catholic martyrs who were executed during the persecution of Christians under Kabaka Mwanga – the then King of Buganda from 1885 to 1887. The 22 African Roman Catholic martyrs were collectively beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI on October 18, 1964.

Pope Paul VI visits Uganda in July 1969, the first ever papal visit to Africa

Pope Paul VI visits Uganda in July 1969, the first ever papal visit to Africa

The feast of the Uganda Martyrs is a public holiday celebrated in Uganda and among Roman Catholics in other parts of Africa. Following President Museveni’s visit to Rome an invitation was extended to Pope Francis to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Canonization of these Uganda Martyrs. We now bring you some rare footage of the papal visit in 1969.

Source — British Pathe.

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