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A taxi drives past Madison Square Garden in New York City Aug. 27. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the arena Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Pope to celebrate ‘simple weekday Mass’ for 20,000 at Madison Square Garden

September 3, 2015 NEW YORK (CNS) — A “simple weekday Mass” is in the works when Pope Francis celebrates the liturgy with 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden during his U.S. visit. “Simple” takes on a new dimension when the pope is the celebrant and the congregation clears security checkpoints hours before the opening notes…

A pedicab driver in Havana Aug. 21 attaches a poster advertising the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba. The pope is scheduled to visit Cuba Sept.19-22. (CNS photo/Alexandre Meneghini, Reuters) See CUBA-POPE-PINO Sept. 2, 2015.

Cuban bishop: Pope’s visit comes at time of hope for people

September 3, 2015 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba is a sign of his closeness to the nation’s people at a time they “breathe the air of hope” that relations with the U.S. will improve, said Bishop Wilfredo Pino Estevez of Guantanamo-Baracoa. “It’s not easy to live at odds with…

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