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Pope Francis arrives at Havana's Jesuit-run parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola


Before Going to Airport, Pope Greeted by 15 Refugees at Santa Marta

Most of the 9 Young Men, 6 Woman of Different Nationalities Who Met Francis at His Home Are Without Legal Documents

In the moments before departing from Rome for his 15th Apostolic Visit abroad to the nation of Poland, July 27-31, for the occasion of World Youth Day, Pope Francis was greeted by 15 young refugees, reports the Office of Papal Charities.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, at about 1:30 p.m.,  Francis met the nine young men and six girls of different nationalities, most of whom are still without their documents.

The young people wished the Pope a safe journey and a joyous participation in World Youth Day. Though they are not going to the global event, they said they are spiritually united.

After this afternoon’s encounter, Pope Francis, his papal entourage, and journalists boarded the Alitalia plane at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. While on the flight, Francis sent telegrams to the Heads of States of the countries his plane flew over, in accordance with tradition.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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