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Pope Francis held a mass right on the US-Mexico border


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El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. You can't see the border between them from here. (charlie llewellin/Flickr)

Pope Francis just wrapped up a major trip to Mexico with messages about suffering migrants who flow over the border into the US seeking a better life and about drug violence and crime.

He wants prisoners who have committed violent crimes to know that he hasn't given up on them.

The Pope also showed migrants that he feels their pain. Ciudad Juarez used to be one of the most violent cities in all of Mexico, so it's understandable that many people there may dream of leaving and may even take great risks to cross the border, even illegally.

Speaking of that border, people gathered on both sides to hear Pope Francis' mass.

Francis wasn't too psyched, though, when a fan accidentally pulled him down, causing him to fall on a kid in a wheelchair. Here's his reaction:

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Pope Francis held a mass right on the US-Mexico border

Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

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