Do You remember Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Uganda?

Do You remember Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Uganda?

We recall some of what transpired during the visit.

Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday 27th November 2015 on the second leg of his 6-day pastoral visit to Africa till 29th November 2015. During his 2-day stay in the Ugandan capital Kampala, the Pope visited Anglican and Catholic shrines of Namugongo martyrs and celebrated a Mass in their honor. The 45 martyrs (23 Anglicans and 22 Catholics) were killed during the persecution of Christians in the region from 1885-1887. The Pope also had engagements in Kampala includes; a courtesy visit to Uganda’s President plus a series of meetings with diplomats, catechists and teachers, young people, bishops, religious and seminarians as well as a visit to a Catholic Care Home for poor and destitute people.

Christians singing and joyfully welcoming Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands of Ugandan faithful.

Pope Francis in Entrance Procession at Namugongo / Photo by AFP, Courtesy

He spoke at a Catholic shrine dedicated to Christians martyred for their faith in the 19th Century, on the second stage of his three-country Africa tour.

Pope Francis in Namugongo for Holy Mass / Photo by Matooke Republic

The Mass marked the 50th anniversary of the martyrs’ canonisation.After the mass he addressed thousands of young people, encouraging them to turn to their faith when faced with difficulties.

Thousands of Pilgrims at Namugongo/ Photo Matooke Republic

After the mass more than 150,000 young Ugandans gathered on the outskirts of Kampala Kololo Airstrip for the Pope’s other public event of the day.

Youths at Kololo Airstrip welcoming Pope Francis / Photo Matooke Republic

Pope Francis urged them to use their faith to confront life’s difficulties and turn negative experiences into strength.