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Pope will visit Mexico in March, spokesman confirms

By on Thursday, 29 December 2011

A student waves the Mexican flag at yesterday's general audience (CNS)

A student waves the Mexican flag at yesterday's general audience (CNS)

A spokesman for the Mexican bishops’ conference has confirmed details of Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to Mexico originally published by the newspaper Reforma, which reported that the papal visit would occur on March 23-26.

The spokesman, Fr Manuel Corral, said that details of the visit “are not official”, although he said the Pope would only visit the state of Guanajuato and its environs in west central Mexico. Fr Corral said that specific details of the visit were likely to be made public before the end of the year.

Citing comments from the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Reforma reported that Pope Benedict would celebrate Mass on March 25 at the Parque Guanajuato Bicentenario in Silao, near the city of Leon and 220 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Pope Benedict also is expected to visit Cuba during his trip, the first to both countries since he was elected in 2005.

  • Mariano

    Who, so many miles for the old pope, he suffer so much according to the herald in that short trip to visit Silao a small mexican town with a huge Christ’s figure, is he going back to Christ? or is an other publicity stunt, from benedicxvi? I guess will have to wait

  • B.R. Hughes

    Mariano, Mexico has a long and deep relationship with the Church. From the first day Benedict was nominated pope, Mexico invited him to visit. He is in much better shape than Blessed John Paul was in during his last visit to that country and he as well as all Mexicans will be delighted by the event.