Pope Francis: Youths Should Learn To Persevere

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In short
The Pontiff urged the youth to use the example of the Uganda Martyrs to overcome challenges in life. He says there is a possibility of opening a door to the future.

Pope Francis asks the youth in Uganda to persevere amidst challenges in life.

Addressing youth at Kololo Independence Grounds Saturday afternoon, the Pope linked his message to the testimonies of two youth.
Francis was moved by the stories of 24-year old Winnie Nansumba, an HIV positive youth and Emmanuel Odokonyero, a former abductee of the Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

Pope Francis asked the youth to emulate them, saying he stood with great pain in his heart to hear their testimonies.

The Pontiff says despite these negative experiences, the fact that they have overcome this is proof that the work of Jesus can change the most negative thing in history.

He urged them to use the example of the Uganda Martyrs to overcome the challenges in life, saying there is a possibility of opening a door to the future.

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At the end of his speech, Pope Francis asked the youths to pray for him in his work.

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The youths also presented the Pope with gifts.

Thousands of youths converged at the Kololo Independence Grounds, where they were entertained with performances by several church and school choirs.

Shortly after his entrance at 3.20 pm, the Popemobile drove Pope Francis through a pathway between the crowds twice to wave and greet the people, throwing the crowd into frenzy.

He stopped about four times to bless children who were part of the crowd.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network after the Pope's address, the youth expressed mixed reactions to his message.

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.