Francis will pray today at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom.

At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics' canonization.

As many as 2 million people are expected to attend, including the president of neighboring South Sudan, with whom Francis met in private after his official welcome ceremony today with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

During his two days in Uganda, Francis is expected to touch on some of the same themes he emphasized during the first leg of his trip in Kenya: corruption, poverty and giving
young Christians hope and encouragement.

After the Mass today, Francis has a rally with young people, a visit to a charity and a meeting with local priests, seminarians and nuns.

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