Pope Francis receives jubilant welcome in Uganda

Believers react at Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine during an open air mass held by Pope Francis on November 28, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on November 27 on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa which has seen him railing against corruption and poverty, with huge crowds celebrating his arrival. Photo by Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Continuing his first-ever African tour as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis delivered mass before thousands of people at Uganda's most famous Catholic shrine.

Encouraging the faithful to honor the 19th century Catholic and Anglicans persecuted for their faith, the Pope urged followers to take care of "the elderly, the poor, the widowed and the abandoned."

Catholics make up 40 percent of the population, Reuters reported, with churches responsible for running many schools and hospitals across the country.

The Pope will leave for the Central African Republic on Sunday, where he is expected to deliver a message of unity to the war-torn country.

A believer reacts at Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine during an open air mass held by Pope Francis on November 28, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on November 27 on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa which has seen him railing against corruption and poverty, with huge crowds celebrating his arrival. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Crowds cheer as Pope Francis arrives at Kololo airstrip in Kampala, November 28, 2015. Pope Francis left Kenya for Uganda where he will spend two days before continuing on to Central African Republic, a country wracked by sectarian conflict. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Pool/Reuters

Catholic devotees cheer as Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at the Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. Photo by Edward Echwalu/Reuters

Performers wear traditional tribal clothings poses before Pope Francis' arrives at Kololo Air strip for a meeting with youths in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

A woman carries a child as Pope Francis leads a mass in Kampala, Uganda, November 28, 2015. Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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