Pope Paul VI visited Uganda from July 31st to August 2nd 1969 . By then, Obote had made himself President, having ousted Kabaka Muteesa II. The coming of Christianity to Uganda was a difficult period. Within a decade of the faith establishing itself in the country, 22 Catholic and 23 Anglican converts were put to death upon the order of Kabaka Muwanga, Muteesa II’s grandfather. The martyrs are an important part of the Church internationally. Earlier in 1964, Pope Paul VI had canonized the martyrs, turning them into saints, one of Christianity’s biggest, single haul of martyrs. This visit was to dedicate the shrine to the martyrs at Namugongo, on the outskirts of Kampala where some of the executions took place. Seated to left of Obote is Ugandan Chief Justice, Dermot Joseph Sheridan.
Pope and Obote