Day Four Photos: Pope Francis urges Ugandan youths not to lose hope

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.

Pope Francis prays at the Anglican martyrs shrine in Namugongo near Uganda capital November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis prays at the Anglican martyrs shrine in Namugongo near Uganda capital November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis looks around during a tour of the Anglican martyrs' shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis looks around during a tour of the Anglican martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis waves to people lined along the road as he heads to lead a mass at the Uganda Martyrs' shrine in Namugongo, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu
Pope Francis waves to people lined along the road as he heads to lead a mass at the Uganda Martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu
Pope Francis arrives at the Catholic martyrs' shrine in Namugongo to lead a mass near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis arrives at the Catholic martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo to lead a mass near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
An altar boy precedes Pope Francis as he arrives to lead a mass in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
An altar boy precedes Pope Francis as he arrives to lead a mass in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis arrives at the Catholic martyrs' shrine in Namugongo to lead a mass near the Uganda capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis arrives at the Catholic martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo to lead a mass near the Uganda capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis leads a mass at the Catholic martyrs' shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena

Pope Francis leads a mass at the Catholic martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo near the Ugandan capital of Kampala November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis greets the crowd on his way to meet youths at the Kololo ceremonial grounds in Uganda's capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu
Pope Francis greets the crowd on his way to meet youths at the Kololo ceremonial grounds in Uganda’s capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu
Pope Francis arrives at House of Charity of Nalukolongo in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis arrives at House of Charity of Nalukolongo in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis attends a meeting with youths at Kololo Air in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis attends a meeting with youths at Kololo Air in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis attends a gathering at the House of Charity of Nalucolongo in Kampala, November 28, 2015. Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda where he will spend two days before continuing on to the Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict. REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis attends a gathering at the House of Charity of Nalucolongo in Kampala, November 28, 2015. Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda where he will spend two days before continuing on to the Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict. REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis stands on the altar of the Cathedral of Kampala during a meeting in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis stands on the altar of the Cathedral of Kampala during a meeting in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis arrives at the House of Charity of Nalucolongo in Kampala, November 28, 2015. Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda where he will spend two days before continuing on to the Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict. REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis arrives at the House of Charity of Nalucolongo in Kampala, November 28, 2015. Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda where he will spend two days before continuing on to the Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict. REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace/Pool
Pope Francis blesses a baby during his visit to Bakateyamba home for the destitute people in Uganda's capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis blesses a baby during his visit to Bakateyamba home for the destitute people in Uganda’s capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis blesses a baby during his visit to Bakateyamba home for the destitute people in Uganda's capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena
Pope Francis blesses a baby during his visit to Bakateyamba home for the destitute people in Uganda’s capital Kampala, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena