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The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."
Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Charles Lwanga lived in Uganda, Africa. He was baptized on the very day that his own teacher was murdered for the faith. Because he refused to take part in the immorality of the day, he was sent to prison. Enroute, three of his companions, including Lwanga, were murdered, burned to death along with two soldiers. Saint Charles Lwanga, together with twenty one other martyrs, was canonized in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. He has been named the patron of African youth. He and his companion martyrs are honored by a memorial on June 3.
What strong faith this young man had! Knowing that it would probably lead to his own martyrdom, he persevered in his request for Baptism. Then he stood up to the king, defending himself and others against what he knew to be wrong.