Pope Francis tells a cheering crowd at the Vatican that the Church is committed to solving the problems of Latin America following his visit to the region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pope Francis greeted pilgrims in a blisteringly hot St. Peter's Square on Sunday (July 19), praising them for their courage in enduring the heat and taking the opportunity to speak about his recent visit to South America including the continent's social and economic problems. On his first appearance since returning from Latin America last week, he took the opportunity to thank everyone in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay for their warm welcome and spoke about the great potential of the region. "The Latin American continent has great human and spiritual potential, holds deeply rooted Christian values, but also faces serious social and economic problems," he told the audience. "To contribute to their solution, the Church is committed to mobilize the spiritual and moral strength of its communities, working with all components of society." The crowd cheered and shouted "Long Live the Pope!" Pope Francis' next international voyage will be in September to the United States and Cuba, where he will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, younger brother of Fidel. Vatican sources say Fidel Castro may also meet with the Pope depending on the revolutionary leader's health.