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Residents hold baby Jesus figures during a procession in celebration of "Dia de la Candelaria," or Candlemas Day in Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim West)

The Pontiff has delivered a video message ahead of his visit to the country

Pope Francis uses incense to venerate an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during Mass on Saturday (CNS)

The Pope made the announcement during Mass in St Peter’s Basilica honouring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Holy Father is never afraid to show that he defers to Our Lady

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Francis has a particular devotion to Mary as rescuer of marriages

Bishop Mark Davies (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Davies says ‘culture of death’ today threatens those considered to be a financial burden

Pope Francis venerates the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica marking feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Only 11 per cent of those surveyed worldwide have a negative view of Pope Francis (CNS)

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Mexicans crowd around a relic and wax effigy of Blessed John Paul II at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Catholicism flourishes in this country  CNS photo/Keith Dannemiller

What we can learn from the Church in Mexico

Candles decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Photo: CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?