Roundup: Pope Francis speaks to religious, youth

Cuba's flag is seen as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Revolution Square in Havana Sept. 20. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

Pope Francis celebrated vespers with priests, religious and seminarians in Havana’s cathedral Sept. 20, offering a lengthy, wide-ranging and unscripted homily that highlighted familiar themes of a “poor Church” and the need for mercy. Pope Francis then spoke to young people at the Father Felix Varela cultural center in Havana, responding — again, off the cuff — to remarks made by a young speaker directly and calling on Cuba’s young people to dream and connect. Here’s everything you need to know.



From Catholic News Agency: Let poverty be your mother, Pope Francis tells religious in CubaIn Cuba, Pope Francis urges youth to hope and dream for the future

From National Catholic Reporter: ‘Wealth impoverishes’: In Cuba, Francis begs for poor church


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