Uganda Martyrs' Shrine, Namugongo
IMPORTANT OCCATIONS
Date Occasion
18th October, 1964 On Mission Sunday 18th October, 1964 - the 22 Uganda Martyrs were canonized Saints by Pope Paul VI at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. At home, this was commemorated by a pilgrimage and celebration of Holy Mass at Namugongo. His Eminence Gregorio Pietro Cardinal Agagianian presided over the ceremony. Read More...
July-August 1969 His Holiness Pope Paul VI visited Uganda on 31st July, 1969, the very first Papal visit to the African Continent as a whole, and made a pilgrimage to Namugongo on 2nd August, 1969.
3rd June 1975 On 3rd June during the Holy Year of 1975 Cardinal Sergio Pignedoli blessed and opened the Uganda Martyrs' National Shrine at Namugongo.
1979 The celebrations marking the Centenary of the introduction of the Catholic Faith in Uganda had gone on since the beginning of 1979 and the occasion of the climax celebrations was at Namugongo on 3rd June, 1979. His Eminence James Robert Cardinal Knox officiated at the ceremony
 
22nd March, 1981 His Lordship The Rt. Rev. Paul Kalanda, Bishop of Moroto was consecrated by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal K. Nsubuga on 22nd March, 1981
 
2nd June, 1985 His Lordship The Rt. Rev. Matthias Ssekamaanya, Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala was consecrated by His Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal K. Nsubuga on 2nd June, 1985.
1986: This year marked the centenary of the death of the 22 Uganda Martyrs. A Papal Legate in the person of His Eminence Jozef Cardinal Tomko presided over this climax celebrations at Namugongo on 3rd June, 1986.
1987 The Uganda Martyrs' Centenary Year which had been opened on 15th November, 1985 was officially closed on 27th January, 1987 martyrdom day of St. Jean Marie Muzeeyi. His Eminence Laurean Cardinal Rugambwa presided over this ceremony
1989 On Mission Sunday 22nd October, 1989 - the nearest Sunday to 18th October celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of the Canonization of the Uganda Martyrs as Saints (18.10.1964 - 18.10.1989).
1989 The Blessing and Official Opening of the New Fathers - Pilgrims House and the Uganda Martyrs' Centenary Memorial Dispensary at Namugongo - 26th February, 1989
1993 His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited Uganda and spent 6 days in the country, that is from March 5 to 10. On March 7 he visited the Uganda Martyrs' Shrine Namugongo and elevated it (the Shrine) to the rank of a Minor Basilica.
2005 The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa made a pilgrimage to Namugongo on 3rd June during the AMECEA conference held in Kampala.

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