"They remind us of the importance that faith, moral rectitude and commitment to the common good have played, and continue to play, in the cultural, economic and political life of this country," he said.
These values are especially relevant to the diplomatic corps and public officials "who are charged with ensuring good and transparent governance, integral human development, a broad participation in national life, as well as a wise and just description of the goods which the Creator has so richly bestowed upon these lands."
The most abundant blessing that Uganda has is in its people, Pope Francis said, particularly the youth who need to have "opportunities for education and gainful employment" and elderly, who "are the living memory of every people."
"Their wisdom and experience should always be valued as a compass which can enable society to find the right direction in confronting the challenges of the present with integrity, wisdom and vision," he said of the elderly.
The pontiff added that although his trip is short, he also wants to use it as an encouragement to "the many quiet efforts being made to care for the poor, the sick and those in trouble of any kind."
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"In so many ways," he said, "our world is growing closer, yet at the same time we see with concern the globalization of a 'throwaway culture' which blinds us to spiritual values, hardens our hearts before the needs of the poor, and robs our young of hope."
He closed by saying by imparting a simple blessing in Swahili – "Mungu awabariki!" which means simply, "God bless you!"
Uganda is the second leg of the Holy Father's three country tour of Africa from Nov. 25-30. His trip began with a stop in Kenya and will end with a visit to Central African Republic.