Sunday, June 3, 2012
MARTYRS DAY AT NAMUGONGO CALLS FOR GOVT. INVESTMENT IN 2012/2013 BUDGET
Pilgrims who turned up at the Anglican Matryrs Shrine. The majority of martyrs were in fact killed at this spot. The number of pilgrims at the Anglican shrine was fewer than those who turned up last year. Photo by Stephen Otage. Thousands of Christians flock Namugongo for the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations on Sunday, June 3. Despite earlier fears of a terrorist attack, the celebrations went on without any major incident with the police heavily deployed at the venue. Photo by Isaac Kasamani. The choir at the Catholic shrine. Kasana-Luweero Catholic Diocese led this year's celebrations under the theme: "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," (Galatians 2:20) Pilgrims draw water at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District, on June 3. Many pilgrims believe the water has healing powers. Thousands of pilgrims descended on the shrine to celebrate the annual Martyrs Days, which celebrates the lives of Christians killed by Kabaka Mwanga in the late 19th Century after they refused to abandon their Christian faith.