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Archdiocesan delegation ready to encounter Pope Francis in Havana


Florida Catholic correspondent

MIAMI This weekend, a triple show of spiritual support will be complete when more than 180 South Florida Catholics travel to Havana once again for the third papal visit to Cuba. Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski is leading the Sept. 18-21 pilgrimage from Mi- ami to Havana in support of Pope Francis' historic visit to the island before the pope's three-city visit to the U.S., culminating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Florida delegation of pilgrims to Cuba will include clergy, adults, families and young adults who will encounter Pope Francis during his events in Havana. The trip is the third Miami archdiocesan pilgrimage to Cuba for the three consecutive papal visits there, beginning with Pope John Paul II in 1998, Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Pope Francis Sept. 19-22. The group are scheduled to join Arch- bishop Wenski for at least two private Masses in Havana churches and to join thou- sands of Cubans attending the Sept. 20 Mass with Pope Francis in Havana's Plaza de la Revolucin. For logistical reasons, the group will not travel to the pope's two other stops, Hol- gun and the region of Santia- go de Cuba, home of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Cuba's patroness.


Florida Catholic correspondent

WESTON After a year of prepara- tions, some 36 families here - with members aged 1 to 82 - are ready to pilgrimage to the much-anticipated Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia. Several of the delegation of 112 Catholics from St. Katha- rine Drexel Parish will also officially attend workshops and sessions of the Sept. 22- 25 Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, which prompts the papal visit to the U.S. "Our main mission is to be there with Pope Francis, to accompany him, to show the world that there are people willing to follow Church teaching as married peo- ple," said Carlos Luis Pulido, who with his wife, Carolina, heads up the marriage and family life ministry at the parish. The Pulidos will help lead the pilgrim- age along with Father Enrique Delgado, pastor of St. Katharine Drexel, and Clau- dio and Grace Cid, a husband-wife team who organized travel logistics for the Sept. 22-28 pilgrimage. During the trip, the group plans to at- tend daily Mass with their pastor while staying in campground cabins near the city. They also will visit the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sis- ters of the Blessed Sacrament outside of





500 South Floridians will be trying to catch a glimpse of the pope in Havana, D.C., and Philly


of the Florida Catholic staff

MIAMI Three popes in 17 years: That's a claim only Brazil can make, until Pope Francis sets foot on Cuban soil this weekend, and on U.S. soil a few days later. It's also the claim Ann Tan wants to make: "Three popes in one life- time. I want that in my obituary," said the parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Coral Springs. That's why Tan will be getting on a bus Sept. 22 and riding through the night to arrive in Washington, D.C., in time to see Pope Francis. He will be the third pope she sees - even though it might be from very far away. Tan will be joining a group of 47 other pilgrims on that grueling bus trip, which is also one of four offi- cial archdiocesan pilgrimages to see Pope Francis. The others are plane rides: one for 187 people for a three- night stay in Havana; another for eight young adults for a two-night stay in Havana; and the last one a three-day trip to Philadelphia, where 18 people will catch up with Pope Francis on the last stop of his U.S. tour, for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families. This also marks the third time the Archdiocese of Miami is taking an

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