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Los Angeles man traveling with Pope Francis will offer a simple gift - a shoeshine box

Los Angeles man traveling with Pope Francis will offer a simple gift - a shoeshine box

Noel Díaz is over the moon. On Friday he’s traveling from the Vatican to Mexico with Pope Francis on a plane that left from Rome.

Diaz is the only Los Angeles resident traveling with the pope as he flies to Mexico, which begins Friday after a stop in Cuba, where Francis will meet with the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Diaz, 59, is very aware of the privilege he’s garnered to travel with the pope, who will arrive in Mexico City on Friday night. “If I have the chance to share my words with him, I will ask him to champion the cause...

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