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Vast crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he honoured Christians martyred for the faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope". Over 100,000 people had waited from before dawn at the open-air shrine to attend the mass, a highlight of his visit to Uganda. "Today, we recall with gratitude the sacrifice of the Uganda martyrs," Francis said at the Namugongo shrine where 26 of them were burned alive on June 3, 1886.
Japan's high-flying Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to break the 300-point mark on Saturday as he soared to victory at the NHK Trophy in breathtaking style. The 20-year-old obliterated the mystical barrier in Nagano, posting a combined world record total of 322.40 points after a jaw-dropping free programme which also smashed Canadian Patrick Chan's previous high, sending thousands of squealing female fans into raptures. Hanyu's free score of 216.07 was also the first ever to clear the 200-point mark and his astonishing aggregate tally was on a entirely different level to Chan's previous best of 295.27 set in Paris two years ago.