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A Mexican soldier stands guard outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Photo: CNS)

Papal team are investigating Ciudad Juarez in advance of the Pope’s February trip

A supporter of marijuana legalization wears a Lucha Libre wrestling mask decorated with a marijuana leaf as he celebrates outside the Supreme Court in Mexico City (Photo: AP)

Church spokesman says ruling that may pave the way to legalisation is ‘incredibly irresponsible’

The cathedral in Guadalajara. The Pope will visit the country next year (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population

Images of college students who went missing in Mexico's Guerrero state are set outside the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix by immigration reform advocates (CNS)

Pope Francis’s trip to Philadelphia coincides with the anniversary of attacks which left six people dead and 43 missing

Guatemalan demonstrators call for resignation of their president (CNS)

President Otto Perez Molina insists he will remain in office

Pope Francis rides in a golf cart as he visits Palmasola prison (AP)

Francis spends final morning in Bolivia visiting notorious jail

Cardinal-designate José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán was sent a WhatsApp message by his sister (CNS)

Panama bishop received news of his appointment on his smartphone

Archbishop Alberto Suárez Inda will be made a cardinal on February 14 (CNS/David Agren)

Cardinal-designate serves in state where five priests have been killed in the past 15 years

Pope Francis kisses an infant as he makes his way to Copacabana beach for the World Youth Day Way. Catholicism is losing ground across the region (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Large numbers adopting evaneglical Protestantism or leaving religion

In Mexico, 26 per cent of respondents rated Francis as 'mediocre' or 'poor' (CNS)

But Catholics in five continents are united in their approval of Pope Francis