Achilleus Kewanuka

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Saint
Achilleus Kiwanuka
Karoli Lwanga and his followers.jpg
Achilleus Kewanuka and his companions
Martyr
Born 1869
Buganda, Uganda
Died June 3, 1886(1886-06-03) (aged 16–17)
Namugongo, Uganda
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 1920 by Pope Benedict XV
Canonized October 18, 1964 by Pope Paul VI
Major shrine Basilica Church of the Uganda Martyrs, Namugongo
Feast June 3
Patronage Clerks, the press, journalists and writers

Saint Achilleus Kewanuka, also known as Achileo Kiwanuka or Achilles Kiwanuka (1869 – June 3, 1886), was a Ugandan Roman Catholic revered as a saint in his church. He served as a clerk in the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, and converted to the Christian faith under the missionary group known as the White Fathers. Kewanuka was burned alive for his faith on June 3, 1886; he and his companions became known as the Martyrs of Uganda. They were canonized as saints in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Kewanuka's feast day is celebrated on June 3.

External links

  • Achileo Kiwanuka
  • The Uganda Martyrs from the August 2008 issue of The Word Among Us magazine
  • Achilleus Kewanuka's profile from UgandaMartyrsShrine.org


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