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HELLO! Pope Francis sends special message to Museveni, Ugandans as he winds up Africa trip

Pope Francis is welcomed at Entebbe by President Museveni on arrival for his visit to Uganda in November 2015. The Pope has fond memories of Uganda (PHOTO/Alex B. Atuhaire).

KAMPALA  — Pope Francis on Wednesday, September 4, sent a message to President Museveni, praying for peace in Uganda and the region.

The message was relayed by the Pope who was flying over Uganda on his Apostolic tour to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

“As I overfly Uganda, on my way to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, I send greetings to your Excellency and your fellow citizens the assurance of my prayers for peace and harmony. I invoke abundant blessings upon all of you. Thank you,” read the message

Mr Museveni acknowledged receipt of the Pope’s letter.

“I have received a message from his Holiness Pope Francis. Thank you, Your Holiness for your prayers, wonderful wishes and blessings upon Uganda and its people. May the Lord accompany you and manifest himself through your works,” the President wrote on his Facebook page.

The letter Pope Francis wrote to President Museveni

The Pope is visiting Africa for the fourth time since he became the head of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State in 2013.

Pope arrived in Mauritius on Monday for the last leg of his African tour that has already taken him to Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Pope is scheduled to say Mass and meet with civil authorities and civil society at the presidential palace.

Thousands of people gathered in front of the monument “Mary Queen of Peace”, where Francis is to celebrate a mass, shouted with joy as Francis landed at the island’s international airport.

Pope Francis last came to Uganda in 2015 and held a mass at the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Kampala.

Additional Reporting/ AGNES KICONCO| PML Daily Staff Correspondent

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