Namugongo martyrs shrine is the most widely known place of martyrdom and pilgrimage in Uganda. Every 3rd of June each year, thousands of people trek from all corners of the country including international pilgrimages to visit Namugongo in celebration of the Uganda martyrs day. There are 2 shrines; the Catholic shrine and the Anglican shrine but the former is more prominent given that Catholicism has the highest number of followers. Many faithful have visited Namugongo and have given testimonies to having their problems solved and desires achieved through prayer and intercession of the Uganda martyrs so if you are a believer, you should be thinking about a visit to Namugongo for intercession!
There are 24 Catholic Uganda Martyrs. The 22 martyrs were killed between 1885 and 1887 by Kabaka (King) Mwanga of Buganda in the South of Uganda; 13 of the martyrs were burnt to death at Namugongo. The twenty-two martyrs were beatified by Pope Benedict XV on 6th June 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI on 18th October 1964. The other 2 martyrs were speared to death in Paimol, Gulu in the North of Uganda in October 1918. They were beatified by Pope John Paul II on 20th October 2002 creating religious tourism Uganda.
There are also Anglican martyrs that were killed by King Mwanga between 1885 and 1887 together with the Catholic martyrs making up religious tourism. While paying tribute to the 22 Catholic martyrs Pope Paul IV also paid tribute to the Anglican martyrs in his homily at the canonization. “And we do not wish to forget”, he said,” the others who, belong to the Anglican confession, met death for the name of Christ.”
All these martyrs are honored on 3rd June every year.