Charles Lwanga, one of 22 Ugandan Martyrs
Feast Day: June 3
Charles Lwanga lived in Uganda, Africa. He and other young men and boys were required to work for King Mwanga. King Mwanga was an evil man who treated all people harshly, especially the boys who worked for him.
Charles and his friends learned about Christianity from missionaries who were working in Uganda. They learned about Jesus and asked to be baptized. They became followers of Jesus Christ. The missionaries also tried to keep the boys safe from the king.
One day, King Mwanga forced the missionaries to leave the country. So, Charles began teaching people about Jesus. He also worked to protect his friends from the wicked king. The king became so angry that he ordered to have Charles and his friends put into prison and killed in 1886.
Charles and his friends are called martyrs because they died for their faith. Charles Lwanga and the other Ugandan martyrs were canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. St. Charles Lwanga is the patron saint of African youth.
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