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This week in Christian history: Uganda martyr, evangelical Anglican dies, Fourth Lateran Council

This week in Christian history: Uganda martyr, evangelical Anglican dies, Fourth Lateran Council

Joseph Mukasa Balikudembe martyred – November 15, 1885

Joseph Mukasa Balikudembe (1860-1885), a Roman Catholic saint and member of the Ugandan royal household who was martyred and had his body burned. | Facebook/KKCRA Uganda

This week marks the anniversary of when Joseph Mukasa Balikudembe, a Catholic member of the royal house of Uganda, was killed for his faith.

In the late 1880s, Mwanga, the king of Buganda (located in modern-day Uganda), persecuted both Anglican and Catholic Christians.

Joseph Mukasa Balikudembe, who had converted to Catholicism earlier in the decade, was killed for his beliefs and for protesting a massacre of Christians in October of 1885.

“The Christian pages under Mukasa’s guidance became the next victims,” explained Britannica. “With the exception of Mbaga-Tuzinde, who was bludgeoned by his own father, the pages were burned alive on June 3, 1886.”

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