St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

Jun 03

Proto-martyrs of Equatorial Africa

Chief of the royal pages, Charles eventually became a moral leader: he protected the other pages from the immoral demands of the Babandan ruler, Mwanga, and instructed them in the Catholic Faith, even baptizing some of them.

He inspired and encouraged his companions to remain chaste and to be faithful to God even through imprisonment and persecution.

When Mwanga began to see the Catholics as a threat to his rule, he sentenced them to death.

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