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PHOTOS: Pope Francis Ends Uganda Visit, Departs to Central African Republic

Uganda Cranes have qualified for the quarter finals of the 2015 Cecafa senior challenge cup after edging out a hard fighting Burundi by 1-0 in the last group B game played at the Awassa stadium.

URA FC striker Frank Kalanda finished off great work from super captain Farouk Miya in the 70th minute on Saturday.

The win lifts Uganda to the top spot with six points from three games having beaten Zanzibar 4-0 after losing 2-0 to Kenya in the opener.

The win also benefits Bobby Williamson coached Harambee stars who crushed to a 1-3 defeat to Zanzibar on Friday. Burundi can only take one of the two best third place spots if Tanzania picks a result from Ethiopia.

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Pope Francis has concluded his three day state visit to Uganda, visit departing from Entebbe International Airport on Sunday to the war-torn Central African Republic, Chimp Corps report.

The Holy Father was seen off by President Yoweri Museveni and senior government and security officials.


Museveni said the Pope’s visit is a big testimony of the international community’s confidence in Uganda’s political stability and strength of the state apparatus.

The final event on Pope Francis’ agenda on Saturday was a meeting with priest, religious, and seminarians in Kampala cathedral.

Putting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis spoke off the cuff in his native Spanish, highlighting three essential points for the clergy – memory, fidelity, prayer – and seeking to strengthen the Christian faith in their country.

The Pope told them to keep alive the testimony of the Ugandan martyrs, not allowing themselves to “become too comfortable with superficial memories of the past, but continuing to be authentic witnesses to the faith today.”

The leader of the Catholic Church urged the priests and religious to “remain faithful, following the way of holiness of the martyrs and being good missionaries.

Noting that there are dioceses in the country that have many clergy and others that have very few, the Pope said “fidelity means having a diocesan bishop who is generous in offering priests to a neighbouring diocese that is in need.”

Pope Francis boarding the plane to CAR
Pope Francis boarding the plane to CAR

He also stressed that fidelity is only possible through prayer.

If a priest or religious stops praying because he or she has too much work, he said, then they begin to lose their memory and their fidelity.

Prayer means constantly confessing our sins, the Pope concluded, not leading a double life but asking for forgiveness and for the strength to keep the missionary spirit alive.


Earlier, the Pope led mass at Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine at Namugongo before addressing young people at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.

He urged the youth to turn negative experiences into positive ones with the help of Jesus and his grace.

The Pope also visited a home for the sick, the disabled and down-and-outs run by the Good Samaritan sisters.

Museveni, First Lady Janet and Bishops seeing off Pope Francis at Entebbe International Airport
Museveni, First Lady Janet and Bishops seeing off Pope Francis at Entebbe International Airport

Before greeting residents and staff at the centre, the Pope visited the tomb of the first Ugandan Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga who founded the home in 1978 and was buried in the grounds there.

Nsubuga was renowned for his outspoken condemnation of human rights violations during the reign of former dictator Idi Amin.

He was also instrumental in organising the first visit of a Roman pontiff to Uganda, helping to coordinate Pope Paul VI’s three day journey to the newly independent nation in the summer of 1969.

Museveni meeting with the Pope before the Holy Father's departure
Museveni meeting with the Pope before the Holy Father’s departure

The departure of the Pope ends a strenuous three days preceded by intense preparations characterised by beautification of streets and heavy deployment of security personnel.

The Pope was secured by his private escorts and Special Forces Command led by Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Museveni bids Pope Francis farewell
Museveni bids Pope Francis farewell
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