Saints may live and die for the love
of God, but the Roman Catholic Church sometimes canonizes them to
reward the Christian loyalty of a country's faithful or to make some
moral point. Last week the Vatican expressed its interest in the
African church and its opposition to racism by announcing that in
October, Pope Paul VI would proclaim as saints 22 Bantu converts from
Uganda who were martyred between 1885 and 1887.
The Uganda martyrs are the largest group of lay saints ever canonized by
the Catholic Church at one time and the first Bantu Africans publicly
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