Pope Francis on Saturday honored Uganda's 19th-century Christian martyrs and encouraged 21st-century youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see the pontiff before he heads to Central African Republic for the final leg of his African journey.

Francis began the day with a Mass before an estimated 300,000 honoring the 45 Anglican and Catholic martyrs who were burned alive rather than renounce their faith during an anti-Christian persecution in the late 1800s. At each stop, he sought to remind Ugandans of their Christian roots and to apply their faith to today's challenges. "In your veins runs the blood of martyrs, and for this reason you have such a strong faith." - AP