Pope has high hopes for his ‘mission’ to Cuba-U.S., asks for prayers

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September 16, 2015

Pope Francis reaches to bless a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Sept. 16, 2015.

Pope Francis reaches to bless a baby during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked for prayers for his trip to Cuba and the United States, calling it “a mission” he had high hopes for.

He said while the main purpose of his 10th apostolic journey abroad, Sept. 19-28, was to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, he also highlighted his planned visit to the United Nations in New York as it marked its 70th anniversary.

“I greet with affection the Cuban people and the people of the United States, who, guided by their pastors, have spiritually prepared” for the visit — “a mission I’m preparing for with great hope,” the pope said at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Sept. 16.

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