According to "Catholic Online > Saints and Angels" (click on this post's title), these chaste young men, ages 13-25, went joyously to their deaths rather than betray Jesus. St. Charles had protected the pages of the court from the king.
Today there are those who would call St. Charles and his companions "intolerant," "narrow," "rigid," "self-righteous," "fundamentalist," "the religious right" and, natch, "homophobic."
Every Archdiocese and Diocese in the USA should have a St. Charles Lwanga Parish. Our Archdiocese of Los Angeles has none, but it does have several cases of two parishes with the same saint's name. Wonder if any of them would take St. Charles's name and patronage? If not, the next new parish in the Archdiocese could and should receive his name.
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, pray for us sinners and for our children, our grandchildren, our Archdiocese and our whole Church! Amen.