Over 300 pilgrims from the Arch-diocese of Gulu this morning set on foot for the annual Uganda Martyrs celebrations in Namugongo.
The foot pilgrims were flagged off by Arch-bishop Dr. John Baptist Odama at 8am from in front of St. Joseph Cathedral, the diocesan headquarters in Gulu.
The foot pilgrims are expected to cover the over 230 kms journey in two weeks.
The Archdiocese is animating the martyrs’ day celebration this year.
The Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887.
They were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda.
The Catholic Church beatified the 22 Catholic martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964.
Every year, June 3rd, when most of the martyrs were killed, is marked as a national holiday in Uganda.
It is also marked worldwide on the church calender as a day to honor the Uganda Martyrs.