On his fourth day in Africa and second in Uganda, Pope Francis visited the shrines of the 32 martyrs of Uganda.
“The witness of the martyrs shows to all who have heard their story, then and now, that the worldly pleasures and earthly power do not bring lasting joy or peace. Rather, fidelity to God, honesty and integrity of life, and genuine concern for the good of others bring us that peace which the world cannot give. This does not diminish our concern for this world, as if we only look to the life to come. Instead, it gives purpose to our lives in this world, and helps us to reach out to those in need, to cooperate with others for the common good, and to build a more just society which promotes human dignity, defends God’s gift of life and protects the wonders of nature, his creation and our common home,” the pope said in his homily at the holy mass for the martyrs of Uganda.
Pope Francis also met with the young people at Kololo Air Strip in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. He urged the young people of Uganda not to lose hope in the face of despair, extreme poverty and lack of opportunity.
“Hope in Christ and he will enable you to find true happiness,” he told the youth.
Pope Francis also visited the House of Charity of Nalukolongo and held a meeting with the Bishops of Uganda. His Holiness also met with Priests, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians.