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Mártires de Uganda Fuente: buganda.com Traducido por Manantial Divino Angie W. La llegada de los misioneros cristianos, anglicanos y católicos, sentó las bases para nuevos desarrollos, y marcó un punto de inflexión en la vida religiosa del … [Más]
The Christian Martyrs of Uganda (warning:Viewer Discretion Is Advised)Martyrs for Chastity, Purity and Sexual Morality The Christian Martyrs of Uganda Uganda Another more recent group of saints who have an important relevance and message concerning purity for our culture today are the holy martyrs of Uganda, who were beatified in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Saints Charles Lwanga, Joseph Mkasa, and their companions were tortured and put to death by a homosexual king because of their refusal to participate in and condone his sins of unnatural vice. The first Catholic missions in Uganda were established in 1879 by the White Fathers of Africa. They met with great success and the native people flocked to baptism and to the Catholic Church, becoming converts of the sincerest and deepest spirituality. The first king the missionaries encountered there, King Mtesa, was friendly to them. However, after his death, he was succeeded by a different kind of pagan, King Mwanga, who was a hater of Christianity and kept a harem of adolescent boys for his homosexual pleasure. For fear the British colonial authorities might interfere in his lifestyle, the king murdered a group of Anglican missionaries to keep his sodomy quiet. For this and for his debauchery, he was publicly reproved by a brave Catholic boy, Saint Joseph Mkasa, whom the king originally wanted to put in charge of the harem. He had Mkasa beheaded immediately. Finding out that a Catholic layman named Matthias Murumba had been instructing some his harem boys in Christianity and that another layman named Andrew Kaga had been doing the same, the king had them both seized. He then summoned all his harem boys in front of him and told those who were Christians to separate themselves from the others. Then he asked them if they intended to remain Catholics. They shouted, "We are Catholic Christians to the death." The furious king had them all taken out of the village and along with Murumba and Kaga had them stripped naked, wrapped in straw mats and set afire. One of the king's executioners was the father of one of the boys, Saint Mbaga. He was furious at his son for not submitting to the king's sexual perversion, but did not want to see him burn, so he broke his son's neck killing him before setting the others on fire. There were 22 Catholic martyrs in all, 17 of whom were the young harem boys who refused to commit sins of homosexuality, knowing that God revealed that such sins are intrinsically and inherently evil and exclude anyone who commits them from heaven (Galatians 5:19; Romans 1:26-32; Ephesians 5:3-6; Colossians 3:5; etc.) Holy Martyrs of Uganda, pray for us! The list of forty five known Catholic and Protestant (Anglican) martyrs includes only those who could be formally accounted for, many more murders went unreported and without a record Text from catholicexchange.com Dear Lord, the Uganda Martyrs were willing to give their lives as witness of their faith in You. Help us to have the same courage and bestow upon us the faith of these martyrs - that we too may live our lives as witness to Your Love for us, and our love of You "To honor these modern saints, Paul VI became the first reigning pope to visit sub-saharan Africa when he visited Uganda in July 1969; a visit which included a pilgrimage to the site of the martyrdom at Namugongo. He also dedicated a site for the building of a shrine church in honor of the martyrs, at the spot where Charles Lwanga was killed. The shrine church itself , was dedicated in 1975 and it was subsequently named a basilica church, a high honor in Catholicism. Archbishop Robert Runcie of Canterbury, and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, also came on pilgrimage in January 1984. Pope John Paul II in turn honored the martyrs with his own pilgrimage in February 1993. Every year, June 3rd, when most of the martyrs were killed, is marked as a national holiday in Uganda. It is also marked worldwide on the church calender as a day to honor the Uganda Martyrs. "