The commemoration of these nineteenth century Ugandan martyrs reminds us both of the universal nature of the Church, and also that the Church in Africa is, and always has been, a suffering Church. From the time of the early martyrdoms in Carthage (for example, St Cyprian and Saints Perpetua and Felicity) right up till our own day, Africa has produced martyrs. At the same time, Africa is a ‘rich’ Church in terms of fervour, devotion and faith. These factors are connected, for where people had laid down their lives for Christ, faith is strong.

May all the African martyrs pray for us especially as we face the pressures of secularism and, indeed, indifference to matters of faith. May God bless you in your own journey.