Masaka catholic diocese has declared the birthplace of St. Charles Lwanga, one of the venerated Uganda Martyrs, a national spiritual tourism centre.
The Bishop of Masaka Diocese Serverus Jjumba declared Lwanga’s birthplace at Birinzi village, Bukakata Sub-county in Masaka district a national spiritual and religious tourism site yesterday.
St. Charles Lwanga, commonly known as “Karooli Lwanga” is one of the three Catholic Martyrs whose origin is Masaka diocese. The others are Bruno Sserunkuuma and John Mary Muzeeyi. For the last 50 years, Catholic parishioners have annually been making a pilgrimage to St. Charles Lwanga’s birthplace, to celebrate mass and to reflect on his strong affection and commitment to the Catholic faith.
Bishop Jjumba who celebrated mass with thousands of pilgrims that paid homage to Lwanga’s place of birth at Birinzi on Sunday announced that the place was elevated to a level of a national spiritual and religious tourism monument because of its great significance to both the history of the church and the country.