Thousands of pilgrims mark Martyrs Day in Uganda

Thousands of pilgrims are attending an open-air ceremony at Namugongo shrine, near Uganda’s capital, Kampala, to mark Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

The Catholic shrine is dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in 19th Century.

Some of the pilgrims spent the night holding a vigil near the martyrs’ shrines.

President Yoweri Museveni has wished the pilgrims a safe stay in the country and tweeted a photo of the venue:

The annual event is a big draw to Catholics in the country and the East Africa region.

This year’s event is the first since the country confirmed its first Coronavirus case in July 2020.

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