Pope Francis’ six-day visit to Mexico drew huge enthusiastic crowds and wide international coverage.
He used the platform to reiterate the concerns he has addressed during his papacy. In homilies delivered in various locations across the country he spoke about inequality, immigration, prisons and criminality.
The Pontiff was greeted by waves of adoring crowds after he touched down in Mexico City on Friday, February 12 and rode ten kilometers through the streets of the capital to the nunciature, the diplomatic mission of the Holy See.
The following day, Francis met with President Enrique Peña Nieto and the First Lady at the National Palace, and later addressed government ministers, federal officials and ambassadors.
In his speech, Francis said Mexico’s leaders have a “duty” to move past corruption and violence and work for the collective good. He said he came to Mexico “as a missionary of mercy and of peace” but also as a son who wanted to pay homage to his mother, the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe.
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