There were almost a hundred victims in the persecution of Christians in Uganda during 1885-1887. St Charles was martyred with twelve others on this day in 1886. On the spot where he was killed in Namugongo, an altar has been raised and a shrine built.

At their canonisation, Pope (now St) Paul VI proclaimed: ‘These African martyrs inaugurate a new age… Africa is the new country of Christ. A clear witness of this fact is the direct simplicity and unshakeable fidelity of these young African Christians’.

May the Church flourish in Africa, as indeed she has done since earliest times. May God bless you in your own place.