Roman Catholics: Uganda's Black Saints

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 honored by...

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