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He is hailed as ‘a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution’

Francis sat alone in prayerful silence with the miraculous image of the Virgin after celebrating Mass

The Pope words during Mass at the basilica and shrine in Mexico City

Live coverage of Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Mexico City

In an address at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, the Pontiff told bishops to speak out against drug cartels and organised crime

Mexico’s president welcomed the Pontiff and said his visit represents ‘an encounter of a people with its faith’

Francis addressed the bishops of Mexico at the Cathedral of the Assumption on the first full day of his papal visit

The Pontiff was welcomed by Mexico’s president and gave a speech to members of the civil authorities and diplomats

The Pontiff is meeting President Enrique Pena Nieto at the start of his visit to Mexico

‘I felt an interior joy that truly came from the Lord,’ the Pope tells reporters