St Charles Lwanga and Companions were known as the 22 Ugandan martyrs who died for their faith. Charles served as a page and following the martyrdom of his superior Joseph Muksako, he was baptised and took over the protection of his fellow pages from the demands of King Mwanga. While they were imprisoned Charles instructed them in the Catholic faith and encouraged them to remain chaste and faithful to God right until the end. They were burned to death in 1886 because of their unwillingness to submit themselves to Mwanga’s immoral acts. They were canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1964 and St Charles is the patron saint of African youth and Catholic action.