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Pope in Uganda to honour martyrs

By Staff Reporter

Pope Francis has arrived in Uganda on the second leg of his Africa pilgrimage, honouring the country's most famous Christians and declaring Africa the "continent of hope".

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, flanked by a military brass band as well as traditional drummers and dancers, welcomed Francis as he landed at Entebbe International Airport.

The Pope, who arrived from Kenya, is in Uganda mainly to honour the memory of a group of Ugandan Christians who were killed in the 19th century on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the growing influence of Christianity.

Those victims, known as the Uganda Martyrs, include 45 Anglicans and Catholics killed between 1885 and 1887. Pope Paul VI canonised the 22 Catholics in 1964.

Francis is due to arrive in the Central African Republic tomorrow.

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