Achilleus Kewanuka

Achilleus Kewanuka

Birth
Death 3 Jun 1886 (aged 16–17)
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered into the winds
Memorial ID 29210659 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Saint. Also known as Achilles Kiwanuka. He was born in Ssingo County in the kingdom of Buganda, Uganda, to his father Kyazze and his mother Nassaza Talidda of the Civet Cat (Fumbe) clan. Kewanuka himself was of the Lugave clan of the tribe of Muganda, and was a clerk and page in the audience hall of King Mwanga II, living in the time of the king and his father Mutesa I when Christianity came into Uganda between 1877 and 1879. After Mutesa's death on October 19, 1884, Mwanga came to power at age 16 and demanded that Christians renounce their faith on pain of torture or death, and that his pages engage in pedophilic activities. Many pages, including Kewanuka, refused to engage in such activities and went into hiding with some Christian missionaries at a time of persecution. On November 16, 1885, the day after Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe was martyred, Kewanuka was baptized by Pere Simeon Lourdel. On May 25, 1886, Kewanuka and his fellow pages were discovered and arrested by Mwanga and imprisoned; and two days later, they were condemned to death and sent to Namugongo, where they were imprisoned for a week, all the while encouraging each other to remain faithful until death. On June 3 (the day of the Ascension of the Lord), Kewanuka and 11 others were wrapped in reed mats and laid on a furnace pyre, where they were burned alive. Along with Charles Lwanga and his companions, he was beatified in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV and canonized on October 18, 1964, by Pope Paul VI. He is the patron saint of clerks, the press, journalists, and writers; his joint feast day with Lwanga and 20 others is June 3.


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  • Added: 21 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29210659
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Achilleus Kewanuka (1869–3 Jun 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29210659, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes scattered into the winds.