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Pope Francis inspires some Cuban youth


(HAVANA) The Pope is no longer in Havana but his message is being felt in churches Monday.

Some youngsters who are part of a youth mission group are determined to carry out the pope’s mission of mercy.

For the group, with the Havana diocese, the mission started way before the pope landed in the capital.

We help other children who aren’t as privileged; like us - they go through poverty, illness and we try to make them smile,” Shaveli Mesa Gonzalez said through an interpreter.

Gonzalez is one of 25 children in the group ranging in ages from 7 to 14. She’s only in fifth grade-  but says the experience of meeting the pope at Revolution Square is one she will remember the rest of her life. “he walked by us and waved goodbye; I go emotional and started to cry.

Months before Pope Francis’ visit the children traveled outside of the city to tell people of the news. They say some welcomed them and some non-Catholics showed little interest. 

“Sometimes there were people who didn’t want our fliers because they were of other religions;  we didn’t complain, we just left with a smile,” Rosalba La Flor Hodelin said through and interpreter.

The leader of the group, Reina Milagros Lopez, says they touched many lives including one of a woman whose son was in prison. They told her they’d pray for her . “Yesterday she called me to tell me her son was released  along with all the prisoners given freedom during the pope’s visit - it was very emotional for me.”

Gonzales says the mission is to keep spreading the message of God.

The group has already been invited to return to one of the town’s they visited  to help bring more children into the Catholic Church

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